“THE music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.”
These are the words from the film, August Rush – words that musician, dancer and thespian Andrea Morris lives by.
The 21-year-old Jill-of-all-trades has mastered the piano and saxophone and has many years of experience in dancing, drama and singing.
Morris is a member of Dance Unique dance school run by Dominique Glass where she is an assistant instructor.
But music is her main passion, the Walmer Heights resident says.
She is completing the fourth year of her music degree and is busy with her licentiate (LTCL) in performing arts under Robin Williams.
The muso is a saxophonist and vocalist for Two Tone Music, and is contracted to perform at various events.
She is also a member of the NMMU choir and jazz ensemble as well as jazz group Sharp9.
Morris’s list of performances includes the lead role of Mrs Jones in Showtime 2009 and several dance routines in last year’s PE Dance Festival.
She played the saxophone in her first professional gig in the Divalicious Project presented by Two Tone Music at the end of 2010.
Her musical journey began when she learnt to play the piano at the age of six.
“My gran taught me how to play. She would show me a few notes and then we’d perform duets,” Morris said.
“My major growth musically started when I began studying music. I joined the choir and had the opportunity to travel.”
Her goals are to further her studies first and then perform on cruise ships and at hotels for a couple of years before settling down.
Morris’s ultimate dream is to compose music for films and get in behind the scenes.
“Music is everything to me, it’s everywhere. I am not limited, I can pursue my dream anywhere.”