Amy is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought-after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience. Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance (UK), Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting, from Texas Tech University (USA). She is the Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors, an organisation that sits at the forefront of choral conductor training in the UK, sits on its advisory council, and was the Artistic Director of its annual festivals in 2016 and 2021.
Amy is a co-founder of the newly established London International Choral Conducting Competition the inaugural event of which took place at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2018. She is also a co-founder of Wavelength, an organisation created to celebrate, educate, nurture and support women in choral leadership. Amy is proud to have recently become a founding member and the UK Ambassador for the International Choral Conducting Foundation.
Until recently, Amy directed the Undergraduate Aural Skills Choir at The Royal Academy of Music, London, and also held a five-year tenure as Choral Director for the Royal College of Music Junior Department Choirs. She has regularly worked with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as Course Director, Guest Artist and Musicianship Tutor. A fervent advocate for musicianship training, Amy is passionate about introducing the joy and craft of music making to children through the teaching principles of Kodaly and Dalcroze.
Amy has led choral leadership courses for the Association of Irish Choirs International Summer School, Queens’ College Cambridge, The Hallé Youth Choir and The Royal College of Organists. She leads the Art of Choral Direction at the Sherborne International Summer School, and has also established her own national Choral Conducting Masterclass Series. Amy has worked on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work and led choral direction training days for the Military Wives’ Choirs’ Foundation.
Amy has had the pleasure of adjudicating for the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition, Derry International Choral Festival, Choir of the Year, Music for Youth National Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival among many others. As an experienced teacher trainer/animateur, she has worked for Youth Music, Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education, Sing for Pleasure and Music of Life. Her choral works are published by Banks Music Publications (UK).
She is in great demand as a choral clinician, workshop facilitator, mentor and teacher, and is currently Musical Director for Corra Sound, Harlequin, Nota Bene (Stevens and Bolton Office Choir) and the Sir William Perkins’s School Chamber Choir.