Andy Novara is a graduate of SIU Edwardsville in jazz performance. He has studied under Fareed Haque and Rick Haydon. He has been teaching and playing professionally for the last thirteen years. An accomplished guitar, banjo, and mandolin player, Novara has performed at the Windfield Bluegrass festival, New York City jazz festival, ROMP, and various other venues and festivals throughout the country.Since the age of 17, Andy has been teaching guitar, dobro, banjo, and mandolin. He currently teaches private and group lessons at Swing City music in Edwardsville and Collinsville, IL as well as at the St. Louis Folk School. Andy currently tours with acclaimed banjo player Mark Raborn and had taught music classes and clinics across the United States. With his classes at Saint Pauls Novara strives to teach students music concepts, ensemble singing and how to enjoy music of all styles and nationalities.