Amanda Dame is a flutist, educator and entrepreneur known for her diverse repertoire and thematic programming. Over the past year, she has presented solo recitals at notable venues including Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY, the Arts Club of Washington in DC, and The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. She also performed on the American Music Series at the Anderson House in DC, where she presented her widely-successful Classical Holiday program to a sold-out audience. Amanda has been a featured performer in the Friday Noon Series at the Peabody Institute, and the Danenburg Honors Recital at Oberlin Conservatory. As a chamber musician, Amanda has founded and performed with a variety of ensembles, most notably Duo Sila, collaborating with percussionist and Peabody-faculty member Christina Manceor.
Originally from New York, Amanda has been a laureate in many competitions, receiving first place awards in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition in Washington, DC, the Best Mozart Performance category of the global Great Composer Competition Series, 2014 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2013 Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, the 2012 Stephan Scholarship Competition, and the Tommy Ippolito Scholarship. She has also won awards in the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition and the Tuesday Musical Competition. In 2015, Amanda was invited to participate in the Third International Maxence Larrieu Flute Competition in Nice, France, and was one of three flutists representing the United States.
Amanda holds a music teaching position at the Forbush School at the Glyndon and Hannah More Center, a part of Sheppard Pratt Health System, and maintains a private flute studio in Baltimore, MD. In past years, she has served on the Flute Faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, ME, and has been a chamber music coach at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. While at Oberlin, Amanda served as a Secondary lessons teacher, she also served as Teaching Assistant at the Oberlin Flute Academy for two summers. With a passion for bringing music to communities throughout Baltimore, Amanda has taught at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids program, and created and taught arts-integrated curriculum at the Summer Arts & Learning Academy with Young Audiences of Maryland.
Outside of her main ensembles, Amanda has appeared in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings. In 2018, she was a featured performer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health American Health Summit, and has performed in pit orchestras at the Bryn Mawr School. During her time in Oberlin, Amanda appeared frequently as an ensemble-member for faculty concerto recordings. She has appeared in the Schikele Bassoon Concerto and the Augusta Reed Thomas Bassoon Concerto released on the Oberlin and Naxos labels on the album Full Moon in the City. She has also appeared in recordings of the Carter Flute Concerto and the Trigos Guitar Concerto No. 1 (forthcoming releases). Amanda was principal of the Oberlin Orchestra, and performed in the orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center as a part of their 150th-Anniversary tour. A frequent substitute with the Firelands and Canton Symphonies, Amanda appeared as guest principal with the Canton Symphony for their March 2018 Masterworks concert.
Amanda has attended the Pierre Monteux School and Festival, the Miami Summer Music Festival, and the Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music. Receiving a dual-degree at Oberlin College in flute and biology, as well as a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute, Amanda’s main teachers include Marina Piccinini, Alexa Still, and Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart.