Amanda Ramey

RameyAmanda Ramey teaches violin, fiddle, and viola at Community Center for the Arts.

She loves teaching and enjoys working with students of all ages; she has taught children as young as four and adults as old as 65. She believes that it is never too late to learn something new, and that anyone can learn to do anything as long as they want to do it.

Winner of the 2012 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition, she specializes in chamber music (classical music for 2-8 players) and in historically informed practice of Baroque music (period practice).

After earning a Masters in violin performance at the University of Colorado, Amanda came to the University of Illinois to pursue an Artist Diploma in chamber music studies. While at Illinois, she studied under the Jupiter and Pacifica Quartets in a 2-year string quartet apprenticeship. Amanda’s major violin teachers have been Megan Freivogel, Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson, Lina Bahn, and Julian Ross.

Amanda is an active musician and currently performs with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia da Camera.

In addition to orchestral and chamber music, Amanda plays with Meadowhawk (traditional music from around the world–including Irish and old-time–infused with modern grooves), Papashoy (high-energy traditional klezmer), and Rational Dress Society (folk songs to covers, featuring three-part vocal harmonies with flute/guitar/fiddle), and various tango ensembles for dances across the midwest.

She likes to learn the dance forms related to these musics, and regularly attends classes and social dances that include folk dances, Baroque dances, and tango. Amanda believes that the movement of the body through singing and dancing is integral to music production and music appreciation.

Amanda took courses in music education in college and studied the Suzuki method with William Starr, and has coached chamber music at Countryside School and in the University of Illinois School of Music Academy.