As a member of the Westminster Choir College faculty, Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir, Westminster Kantorei, and teaches conducting. In February 2014 she was selected to present a workshop titled “Building Sound” with Westminster Kantorei at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference. In 2013 she conducted Westminster Kantorei at the American Handel Festival. During her earlier work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir she collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. Dr. Quist recently served as chorus master for the North American premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze for Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival. Newspaper reviews described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared,” “gripping,” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”
Dr. Quist is also director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and she was previously director of choral activities at San José State University. In 2014 she was honored with the Westminster Choir College of Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. Her other honors include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Fellowship and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in the choral setting, and she will present an interest session on that subject at the National ACDA Conference in Salt Lake City in 2015.
She is an active adjudicator and clinician, and her recent and upcoming appearances include conducting honor choirs and workshops in Pennsylvania, New York, Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, Texas, California, and Connecticut. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed as a soloist with the Monmouth Civic Chorus and Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, Fuma Sacra, Princeton Pro Musica, and Princeton University. Dr. Quist serves as the National ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities and ACDA Mentorship Co-Chair.
Dr. Quist earned her doctor of music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas and her bachelor of music and master of music in Music Education and Choral Conducting, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University. She has held positions on the faculties of Western Michigan University, Michigan State University and the University of North Texas, and she served as associate conductor for the Denton Bach Society in Texas. Before pursing her graduate degrees, Dr. Quist taught in the Michigan public and private school systems, and was conductor of the North American Choral Company’s Midwest Chorale, a professional touring children’s choir.