Collaborative pianist Amanda Johnston is associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi where she acts as music director/vocal coach for the Opera Theatre; teaches courses in advanced diction and collaborative piano; and coaches students at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also on faculty at Musiktheater Bavaria (Oberaudorf, Germany) and Druid City Opera Workshop (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). She is author of English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach (Scarecrow Press, 2011), a book highly praised in the Journal of Singing for “enlivening the study of diction.” In 2012, she released her debut CD with MSR Classics entitled Mahler: Rückert-Lieder in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Julia Morgan.
Her research on comparative diction and lesser-known composers of German lied has been presented at national conferences held by the College Music Society (CMS), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Opera Association (NOA), The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium (Canada), and Song Collaborators Consortia (SCC). She has also given master classes in voice and collaborative piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of South Dakota, Queen’s University, Harding University and University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She held previous faculty appointments at the University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), York University, Taos Opera Institute and Lied Austria (Leibnitz).
She has received prestigious grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council to work with masters in the field of collaborative piano, most notably Malcolm Martineau, Rudolf Jansen, Martin Isepp, Dalton Baldwin, Elly Ameling, Wolfgang Holzmair, and Helmut Deutsch. Further professional development has included attending the Franz-Schubert-Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria), Académie Francis Poulenc (Tours), Académie internationale d’Été (Nice), Oxenfoord International Summer School (St. Andrews, Scotland), and the Aspen Music Festival.
Amanda Johnston has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, Classical 96.3 FM, CKWR and NPR, and has performed in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Austria, and Scotland. Her language proficiency includes English and German (native fluency), French and Italian (high facility), as well as Spanish, Czech, and Russian (phonetic proficiency). She was educated at Queen’s University, the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” (Weimar, Germany), and the Janáček Academy of Music (Brno, Czech Republic).
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