Born in Trinidad, André Heywood grew up and studied in Canada earning undergraduate degrees in both Biochemistry and Music Education. He then earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Don Wright Faculty of Music of the University of Western Ontario. During his tenure at UWO he was the recipient of numerous awards for academic achievement, vocal performance, conducting and teaching. He was also honored on the national stage for his writing by the Canadian Music Educators' Association and for his research with a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
André is a specialist in working with young male voices. He is currently in his fifth season as Artistic Director of The St. John's Boys' Choir. He also served as assistant conductor of the Amabile Boys' Choir for two years after singing with the choir for over a decade. He is an adjunct instructor at Saint John's University where he directs two choirs and serves as a Faculty Resident. He is also Director of Liturgical Music at Saint John's Preparatory School and conductor of the Saint John's Abbey Schola. He is a sought-after performer of liturgical music, art song, gospel, and musical theater. André is a member of ACCC, CMEA, the VoiceCare Network, and is the Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors' Association. In 2011 he was recognized by the ACDA of Minnesota with the VocalEssence Creative Programming Award for his work with The St. John's Boys' Choir.