Prior to completing her DMA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the direction of Dr. William Grubb, she received her BM at the University of Iowa studying with Hannah Holman of the New York City Ballet and her MM at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Merry Peckham of the Cavani String Quartet.
Performing extensively, Amy has won chamber music awards in Ohio and several solo awards throughout Illinois and Iowa. Originally from Burlington, Iowa, she has performed and won grand prizes at competitions with the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony. She has worked with several renowned musicians from around the world, including members of eighth blackbird, the Cleveland String Quartet, Quatuor Ebène, and the Juilliard String Quartet, along with members of the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
As an avid chamber musician and teacher, Amy studied Suzuki with Dr. Melissa Kraut in Cleveland and taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp during the summer of 2013 as the cellist of the Bird String Quartet. As a proponent of contemporary music, she was a founding member of All of the Above, a contemporary chamber music ensemble based in Cincinnati, Ohio. During her time with All of the Above, they commissioned and premiered "He Dreams a Mother" by David Clay Mettens, and worked with James Austin Smith and Michael J. Maccaferri as part of concert:NOVA's next generation ensemble. She most recently worked with Das Blümelein Project as the cellist on their Texas tour of Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Austin. Amy is currently a freelance cellist and private cello teacher in New York City. She has taught privately through City Strings in both Cincinnati, Ohio and New York City.
Amy also loves cooking, reading, and traveling as much as possible. Favorite spots include Cape Town, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Rome.