Amanda was thrilled for another music-filled summer at Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI. This year she was seen as Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, in the festival's production of The Magic Flute. While there she was also a part of Bernstein's West Side Story. Other opportunities while there included audition feedback, stage combat training, art song appreciation, voice lessons, and so much more! Plus no one could complain about the scenery of Petoskey!
After her performances, Amanda was praised for her lovely portrayal saying that she "had not trouble filling the large hall with grief during Ach, ich fuhl's" and that she was "very talented" (Mary Jane Doerr, Petoskey News Review).
February 21, 23, and 24, 2019
Under the baton of maestro Robert Spano, Amanda made her "well-sung" (Mark Gresham, EarRelevant.com) solo debut singing the soprano solo in Verdi's Te Deum with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. She performed the solo twice in Symphony Hall in Atlanta and once in the Performing Arts Center at UGA in Athens.
November 8, 2018
Amanda was thrilled to be one of the soprano soloists featured in a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA. She was featured on the Laudamus Te and Domine Deus. As a BHS Performing Arts alumna, it was an honor to be back on the stage a decade after her graduation.
July 2-August 12, 2018
Amanda was thrilled to venture overseas for a summer in Graz, Austria to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies! The thought of spending 6 weeks in a new country was very exciting, not only for her singing, but also satisfying the history nerd within. While in Graz, Amanda received the following opportunities to hone and shape her craft:
Voice lessons and musical coachings twice a week
Daily German classes to improve fluency
An orchestral concert singing Bernstein and German operetta in the Kasematten, an amphitheatre in Graz's fortress
The chance to compete in the prestigious Meistersinger competition
A photoshoot for new headshots with celebrity photographer, Devon Cass!
Singing in masterclass for Gabriele Lechner, soprano, who has sung with the likes of Pavarotti
Audition/feedback experience with Neil Thornborrow, a theatre agent from Dusseldorf
The experience will be one not soon forgotten!
April 29, 2018
Amanda had the honor to be the soprano soloist for the presentation of Faure's Requiem at her home church, Cannon UMC in Snellville. GA.
September 2017-May 2018
Amanda is so happy to be back for her third season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus! This season's highlights include: a concert version of Verdi's Otello, Verdi's Requiem with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and Donald Runnicles conducting, Mozart's Requiem, and a joint performance with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre with a production of Bernstein's Candide.
June 25-August 6, 2017
Amanda was blessed and excited to return to Bay View Music Festival this past summer to sing the role of Micaela in Bizet's Carmen. While there she had numerous other musical opportunities such as:
Performing in Fourthfest, a Patriotic concert, singing Gershwin
Singing in Death by Aria, a mock audition seminar
Singing in an Art Song Masterclass
Performing in the Musical Production of Pippin She had the opportunity to study with renowned faculty weekly and continue to hone her craft! Amanda also had the chance to learn stage combat from a Shakespearean-trained combat instructor. She was thrilled to spend 6 weeks in one of the most beautiful places in the country!
After her performance, Amanda was praised as having a "lovely voice" (Mary Jane Doerr, Petoskey News Review) for her portrayal of Micaela.
March 31, 2017
Amanda was thrilled to make her Kennedy Center debut the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the inaugural SHIFT Festival, singing Christopher Theofanidis's Creation/Creator which was commissioned by the ASO two seasons ago.
November 6, 2016
Amanda was featured as the soprano soloist for John Rutter's Requiem at her home church, Cannon United Methodist Church, for All Sant's Day.
September 2016-May 2017
Amanda is thrilled to be back performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for her second season! This season's highlights include: Vaughn Williams's Sea Symphony with renowned mezzo-soprano (and fellow Georgian), Jamie Barton singing Elgar, and an ASO premiere of Bruckner's Te Deum with Donald Runnicles conducting.
April 30, 2016
On April 30, Amanda made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they presented Brahms's Ein Deutches Requiem and a brand new work; Leshnoff's Zohar on what would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Shaw himself.
September 2015-May 2016
Amanda was awarded a spot in the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for their 2015-2016 season. In this, the centennial of Robert Shaw's birth, Amanda has the pleasure of presenting some of Mr. Shaw's most celebrated works with the ASO Chorus. Those include: Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and Brahms's Ein Deutches Requiem.
June 19-August 17
Amanda attended Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan this summer! As a member of the SOARS program, she performed opera scenes, presented an art song concert, sang in the Bay View Festival Choir, recorded arias, and performed in Fourthfest, a pops-style patriotic celebration on July 4th. In the art song concert, she performed works by Schubert, Pergolesi, and Hundley. She also performed the following scenes:
Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten
Mother from Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdink
Chorus in the Drinking Quartet from La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini
Mrs. S from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim
Amanda was also given the opportunity to be the assistant stage manager on both Bay View productions, Ragtime and La Boheme. While in Petoskey, Amanda also sang the soprano solos in Mozart's Missa brevis in C Major (Orgelsolomesse) with the Bay View Festival Choir and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Libor Ondras.
April 26, 2014
Amanda presented her graduate voice recital on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 3:00pm at Saint John's in the Village Episcopal Church. It was a wonderful celebration of the culmination of her time and work at NYU. Works presented included those by the following composers:
Giovanni Battista Bononcini
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 3-6, 2014
Amanda performed the role of Gretchen in Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince. She had the time of her life playing such a fun-loving comedic character. This slightly ditzy barmaid made the trip to Heidelberg a very memorable one. Performances took place April 3-6, and Amanda performed on April 3 and 5.
December 6-8, 2013
Amanda and her fellow graduating class presented a scenes showcase in preparation for their graduation in May. In this showcase Amanda was seen singing the following roles:
Petra from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim
Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alice Ford from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
October 18-20, 2013
Amanda performed the role of Gerhilde in the Valkyrie Suite of Night Caps: An Evening of One Act Contemporary Opera. The work was new, and had made its premiere earlier that summer at Opera Theatre Pittsburgh. The thrill of learning new music was challenging and so much fun. She also had the pleasure of working under the direction of Opera Theatre Pittsburgh's wonderful director, Mr. Jonathan Eaton.
April 20, 2013
Amanda made her New York City debut singing the role of 2nd Spirit, in The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She had the pleasure of presenting this concert performance with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. She was also thrilled to be singing in the Bruno Walters Auditorium at Lincoln Center!
April 4-7, 2013
Amanda was thrilled to make her NYU debut as the sassy Marcellina in NYU's production of The Marriage of Figaro. We had the pleasure of doing the updated and revised version written by Tony Britten. Performances took place April 4-7 with Amanda performing on April 5th and 7th.