Soprano and passionate voice instructor Amanda Austin collaborates regularly with artists of many varying genres and styles. Whether performing with Wynton Marsalis in Abyssinian Mass, recording back-up for Lauren Hill or opera with Albany Records, Amanda brings her knowledge of the voice and bel canto singing/breath technique to every performance.
With Harlem School of the Arts, The Manhattan School of Music Outreach, Opus Dance & Theatre Inc., and Uptown Voices, Amanda has taught music, drama, opera, voice, and choral education to over 600 students in both private and group settings. Teaching students with an age range from 5-70 years old, Amanda is well-practiced in tailoring her lessons to each student’s individual goals. Amanda firmly believes that classical vocal technique can expand every musician’s toolbox and singing longevity.
Maintaining a rigorous performance schedule in opera and concert repertoire, Amanda recently performed the title role of Calisto in Cavalli’s opera La Calisto, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Pamina, and Isabelle/Madeline in The Face on the Barroom Floor at Central City Opera. Amanda additionally performs contemporary and experimental music often, recently premiering tone poem “Soundscapes” by Dr. Peter Andriacchi, and the role of Carolyn Bryant in Mary Watkins and Clare Coss's new American opera Emmett Till. With The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre, Amanda performed the title role in Cendrillon by Nicolò Isouard, a production that was commercially recorded by Albany Records and nominated for the 2019 International Opera Award’s “Best Rediscovered Work”.
Amanda holds two degrees from The Manhattan School of Music (M.M 18’, B.M 14’) where she received the Stan Sesser Career Grant, and Provost Award for Academic Excellence in 14’ and 18’.