Associate Professor II, Conducting
(609) 921-7100 ext. 8244
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540
As a member of the Westminster Choir College faculty, Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir, Westminster Kantorei, and teaches conducting. In the past year Westminster Kantorei collaborated with British vocal ensemble Tenebrae, and was invited to sing at the American Handel Festival.
During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she collaborated with artists such as Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, 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. Reviews from the Charleston City Paper and The Post and Courier 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. She has received numerous awards as a teacher and conductor, including the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Fellowship, the Texas Choral Directors Association Professional Scholarship and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in the choral setting, and she presented an Interest Session for the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference in February. Entitled “Building Sound and Spirit,” it featured Westminster Kantorei.
An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Quist regularly conducts honor choirs and presents at music conferences. Her 2013-2014 appearances include the Georgia ACDA/GMEA Collegiate Honor Choir, the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir, and the New York ACDA Honor Choir, and the Southwestern Division ACDA Honor Choir in Little Rock, Ark. Dr. Quist serves as the National ACDA R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities.
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. Dr. Quist has received numerous awards as a teacher and conductor, including the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Fellowship, the Texas Choral Directors Association Professional Scholarship and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award.
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.