Fine Arts at Andrew
Nate Gross is the Division Coordinator of Fine Arts and the Director of the Theatre Program at Andrew College. Originally from Michigan, he spent most of his adult life in Southern California before moving to Georgia with his family in 2013. Nate holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing, a bachelor's in history, and a master's in education. Additionally, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and was a part of their repertory company. Most of Professor Gross’ performance experience is in classical theatre. However, he did have a small recurring role on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful in the late 1990s. Recognition for his work includes four Inland Theatre League Awards in both acting and directing, and, since arriving in Georgia, an award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for excellence in Directing for the anti-Apartheid play “Master Harold” ...and the boys. Nate is involved in local arts organizations, serving as Vice President of the Randolph County Arts Council, Co-Chair for the college and university division of the Georgia Theatre Conference State Board, and a board member of Stage South theatre company in Columbus. To find out more about the Theatre Program at Andrew click here.
Christopher Johnson is Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Director of the Visual Art Program. Prof. Johnson, a resident of south Georgia for most of his life, is a visual artist that typically works in the mediums of wood carving, printmaking, painting, drawing, and sculpture. In 2008 Prof. Johnson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Clemson University in Clemson, SC with a focus in printmaking and a minor in ceramics. He later received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2011 with a focus in printmaking and a minor in drawing. Prof. Johnson developed a love for teaching artistic process and technique during his time as a graduate teaching assistant and continued to teach as an adjunct after graduating. In 2013 Prof. Johnson became an Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Director of the Visual Art Program at Andrew College where he has begun to grow the visual art department into a regionally-significant program. To find out more about the Visual Art Program at Andrew click here.
Dr. Marc F. Boensel, DMA, has been conducting bands, orchestras and choruses in California, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia for over 30 years. In 1999, he founded the Annapolis Wind Symphony, a 45-piece professional symphonic band and philanthropic organization. He received a 2005 distinguished fund raiser award from the American Red Cross and the 2006 Community Champions Award from Sandy Spring Bank for his charity fund raising work with the Annapolis Wind Symphony.
In 2012, Dr. Boensel joined the faculty of Darton State College in Albany, GA as an Assistant Professor of Music, where he conducted the Concert Band and Concert Choir, and taught courses in music theory and history. In 2014, he became the Director of Music Ministries at Porterfield United Methodist Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir, and other musical ensembles. In 2016, Dr. Boensel was appointed an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrew College, where he conducts all of the college’s ensembles, as well as teaching courses in music theory and music history.
Dr. Boensel was Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis 1996 to 2012, where he directed the 40-voice Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and children‘s choir. He has also been a guest conductor and clinician for professional, collegiate and high school ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic.
In addition to being the Symphonic Band Conductor-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Music at American University from 2009 to 2012, Marc was Concert Band director and an Adjunct Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College from 2007 to 2012, where he taught courses in music history and music theory. He continues a career as a professional oboist that has spanned over three decades, including 22 years in Navy and Air Force bands as well as various orchestras in California, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Fullerton, a Master of Music degree from San Diego State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Maryland. He has studied conducting with Benton Minor, Edmund Williams, Robert Gilson, John Wakefield and James Ross, and studied oboe with Larry Timm and Peggy Michel. To find out more about the Music Program at Andrew click here.