Staff profiles: Andrea Worful
When a position became available at the Michigan State University Community Music School – East Lansing in 2010, Andrea Worful jumped at the chance to return to a life of music.
She accepted a full-time offer as the administrative assistant and hasn’t looked back.
“Even though I’m not doing music as my straight job, it’s nice to know that I’m still helping other people experience music,” Worful said. “It gives me great joy.”
As the administrative assistant, she is responsible for processing the pay roll, which consists of 85 employees; doing the budget work by monitoring what money comes in and what money is spent; and processes all of the hiring paperwork. Worful also has the same responsibilities at the Detroit location.
As a musician, Worful plays the bassoon, gives lessons at the Community Music School, is an adjunct teacher at Alma College and plays with their symphony orchestra. She also sings and plays recorder with the Renaissance Singers of Lansing.
“I stay very busy,” Worful said. “Especially while we were moving locations; it was a whirlwind.”
CMS had been leasing space from the East Lansing Public Schools on Timberlane Street in East Lansing for the past 10 years, but the lease expired at the end of 2012. MSU bought a former church, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, and worked to relocate the school.
“The new building is amazing,” Worful said. “It has come together so quickly. When we started this journey in the fall, I had my doubts; I didn’t think they were going to get it done.”
They got it done and the new location opened its doors on Jan. 7 for classes.
“I think that being on a busy road gives us a different energy,” she said. “Our surroundings match the vibe of the building and what goes on here.”
From 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, the school will host its spring open house. It’s a chance for community members to come and see the new building, learn about the programs being offered and hear demonstratitons.