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Lessons offered by Amy
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Violin
  • Viola
Levels
  • All Levels

Professional Violist with several years of teaching experience giving violin, viola, and recorder lessons

Methodology

I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin, viola, and recorder students. Beginning students learn good playing position with both the right and left hands through the use of exercises. They can use any method although I am most familiar with the Suzuki and Essential Elements books. For a beginning violin or viola student, I demonstrate how to hold the bow with a pencil and will ensure that they master a bow hold using a pencil before actually holding the bow. Intermediate and advanced violin and viola students will often tell me what music they are working on, and I will give them fingerings and help them with concepts such as intonation, rhythm, bow distribution, and good sound. I reinforce good playing position and encourage them to practice using the metronome. I encourage all of my students to practice scales in order to help their intonation. I help recorder students by teaching them how to cover each hole correctly, give them breathing exercises, and demonstrate how much and what type of air is needed to make a good sound on each note, especially the low notes.

Background

Amy serves as section violist in the San Antonio Symphony, substitute violist with the Chicago Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony, and has been a member of the Austin Symphony, New World Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has participated in the Vermont Mozart Festival, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Aspen Music Festival and American Academy of Conducting Orchestras, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her BM viola degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan where she studied with Professor Yizhak Schotten.

Amy was first place winner of the American Viola Society 2014–15 Orchestral Excerpts Competition, has received a Farwell Trust award from the Musicians Club of Women (Chicago), and was a finalist in the NFAA/YoungArts program.

Amy is also an accomplished recorder player. She was featured as recorder soloist with flutist Mary Stolper in Telemann’s Concerto for Recorder and Flute with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque under the direction of Maestro Nicholas Kraemer. In 2011, Amy presented the United States premiere of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Recorder Concerto with the I’Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Amy has also served as recorder player with the New World Symphony in performances of Water Music by Telemann and Handel.

Amy has appeared as violin, viola, and recorder soloist with several Illinois orchestras and most recently as viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Vermont Mozart Festival.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $70/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $60
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $600

Details

If I am not told about a cancellation, twenty four hours in advance, I expect to be compensated.

Lessons offered by Amy
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Violin
  • Viola
Levels
  • All Levels

Amy's resume

EDUCATION:
BM in Viola Performance with highest honors University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI August, 2011- May, 2015
Teachers: Yizhak Schotten, Charles Pikler
TEACHING EXPERIENCE/ DEMONSTRATIONS FOR STUDENTS
Traveling Music Lessons Violin, Viola, and Recorder Instructor 09/2020-Present
Anthem School of Music Violin, Viola, and Recorder Instructor 09/2020-Present
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Sectional Coach and Judge 10/2017- Present
Private Viola Students from Youth Orchestra and other San Antonio area schools 10/2017-Present
Private Adult Viola Student May 2020- Present
Rental Viola Demonstration at Antonio Strad Violin for potential student renters 7/31/2020
San Antonio Academy Music Demonstrations 3/2/2020, 1/11/ 2018; 10/20/ 2016
High School Region Masterclass at John Jay High School September 14, 2019
San Antonio Symphony Community Outreach and Education Program
Children's Library Performance and Presentation January 12, 2019
Coached sectionals at Lanier High School 1/30/ 2020; 11/6/2019; 11/20/2019
In school music demonstrations with Symphony League Docent 1/2019, 2/2018, 1/ 2018, 12/2017, 11/2017
Recorder Demonstration as part of San Antonio Symphony Youth Concerts May 25-27, 2016; May 23-25, 2018
ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE:
San Antonio Symphony- Section Viola February 2016-Present
Grand Teton Music Festival- Section Viola August 2019- Present
Utah Symphony- Section Viola June 17, 2019- September 1, 2019
Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Section Viola Substitute April 2018-Present
Austin Symphony- Section Viola September 2016-2018
Fort Worth Symphony-Runner-up/Finalist- Associate/Assistant Principal Viola August 22, 2017
Vermont Mozart Festival July 16-August 5, 2017
Mercury Baroque- Substitute Viola and Recorder April 2016-Present
New World Symphony- Viola Section, member September 2015-February 2016
Finalist 2014-15 Season
Semi-finalist 2011-12; 2012-13; 2013-14 Season
Charleston Symphony- Guest Musician 2015-Present
Ann Arbor Symphony- Viola Section, member 2012- 2015
Viola Section, substitute Nov. 2011; Apr. 2012; Sept. 2012
YOA Orchestra of the Americas-Orchestra de la Francophonie- Orford Arts Centre 6/1-8/4, 2015
University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra- Co-principal Viola 2012-15 Season
Aspen Music Festival- Orchestral String Fellowship
Aspen Chamber Symphony 6/21-8/21, 2016
Aspen Festival and Aspen Opera Theater Center Orchestras 6/18-8/17, 2014
American Academy of Conducting Orchestra 6/19-8/18, 2013
Houston Symphony- Semi-finalist October 15, 2014
Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival (Missouri) June 7-15, 2013
Chautauqua Music Festival June 23-August 14, 2012
New York String Orchestra Seminar- Jaime Laredo, music director Dec. 19-28, 2012
Assistant Principal Viola Dec. 19-28, 2011
University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra- Co-principal Viola 2011-12 Season
National Repertory Orchestra- Breckenridge, Colorado June 12-August 6, 2011
Civic Orchestra of Chicago- Associate Member-Viola Section 2009-10; 2010-11; 2015-16 Season
Members of the Chicago Symphony Concert – Viola Section May 18, 2014
Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra viola section May 4, 2014
Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra- Played as an extra under Donald Runnicles July 4, 2010
Chicago Chamber Orchestra- Violin/Viola section 9/2010, 1/2010, 9/2009, 8/2008,
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest- Violin/Viola section 10/2011, 2/2010, 10/2008, 2/2008
Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra- Violin/Viola section 10/2012, 8/2009, 8/2008, 11/2007
AWARDS:
Miami Buskerfest- Performer Contest First Place Tie December 11, 2015
Musicians Club of Women (Chicago)- The Farwell Trust Award March 7, 2015
American Viola Society 2014-15 Orchestral Excerpts Competition- First Place Winner February 17, 2015
University of Michigan Concerto Competition- Finalist December 15, 2014
Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition April 5, 2014
Second Place Winner- Piano Quintet
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)/ YoungArts:
Finalist in the Music/Instrumental-Recorder Category YoungArts Week 2011 Miami, Florida January 9-16, 2011
Midwest Young Artists/ Walgreens National Concerto Competition:
Winner of Winds and Percussion Category, Senior Division January, 2010
Winner of Early Music Category, Senior Division December 2008; December 2007
Featured Artist on WFMT Introductions Program (98.7 FM) 11/28/ 2009; 12/3/2009
Featured Artist of the Month at Arsantiguapresents.com April 2009; March 2008
US Premiere- Concerto for Recorder by Sir Malcolm Arnold May 21, 2011
VIOLA SOLOIST with:
U. of Michigan Faculty Recital-2nd viola solo, Brandenburg No. 6 September 29, 2014
Knox-Galesburg Symphony-viola solo- Sinfonia Concertante (Mozart) November 2013
Northwest Chicago Symphony December 2011
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest-viola solo in Don Quixote October 2011
New Trier Symphony Orchestra-viola solo in Sinfonia Concertante April 2011
Chicago Chamber Orchestra January 2010
VIOLIN SOLOIST with:
I Solisti Orchestra March 2009
Chicago Chamber Orchestra September 2006
RECORDER SOLOIST or ENSEMBLE MEMBER with:
Utah Symphony and San Antonio Symphony- ‘Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban’ Movie November & Dec. 2018
New World Symphony- Water Music by Handel and Telemann Paul Goodwin, conductor November 7-8, 2015
Music of the Baroque Nicholas Kraemer, conductor February 26-27, 2012

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