Amy Christian, violin
Amelia (Amy) Christian has been a prominent member of the upstate New York musical community for many years. She is currently principal second violin of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and has been acting concertmaster of the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra for 3 years. Amy has served as concertmaster of the Carousel Cities Youth Ballet and the BC Pops Orchestra as well as assistant concertmaster of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Syracuse Symphony and remains active in the musical life of the Syracuse area. She is a founding member of the Novo4tet, a string quartet with an avid interest in the performance of standard repertoire and the presentation of contemporary and commissioned works. Amy is a frequent recitalist, regularly presenting programs in New York and Northeast Pennsylvania. She performs on a Sgarabotto violin made in Milan, Italy in 1911.
Dr. Christian earned her Bachelors Degree with Distinguished Professor Franco Gulli at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her masters degree is from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Professor Charles Castleman. Her Doctoral degree was conferred by the City University of New York where she studied in the studio of Daniel Phillips. The subject of her dissertation is centered on the unique pedagogical techniques of eminent violinist and teacher, Otakar Sevcik.
Amy has a deep passion for teaching as well as performing. She has been a faculty member at Binghamton University and was Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University for over a decade. She conceived and oversaw the "String Project at Marywood," an extensive and unique program designed to serve the string educational needs of the university and the community. Amy is currently a visiting lecturer on the violin faculty at Cornell University. She also maintains a private studio. Many of her former and present students have won performance prizes and become professional performers and teachers.