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Amanda Williams has been a music educator and director of bands for fifteen years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she studied clarinet with Dr. Conrad Owens, conducting with Dr. Adam Brennan and bass with soloist and director of the New Directions Cello Festival, Sera Smolen. 

In 2004, Amanda created a comprehensive general music and band program for a new elementary school in Rio Rico, Arizona, where a majority of her students spoke English as a second language. After returning to the East coast, she spent five years serving as the band instructor for many private schools in the area including Father Andrew White, Little Flower School, Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Saint Micheal’s School, Saint John the Evangelist School, Mother Catherine Spalding School, and the Cardinal Hickey Academy. Many of her bands during this time won Superior Ratings at the annual Archdiocesan band competitions.

Amanda teaches woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, music theory and composition to a wide variety of students from ages four to eighty-four including many students with special needs. During her time as a stay-at-home mother, Amanda served in several band, strings, special education and general music long-term substitute positions for Saint Mary’s County Public Schools.

Currently, Amanda is working toward her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland where she studies classical guitar with professor Fang Yuan, conducting with world-renowned conductor and trumpet player, Jeffrey Silberschlag and mallet percussion with Donald Spinelli, former principal chair percussionist for “the President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

 


“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”


― Arthur O’Shaughnessy