Amanda Fish is a native of Northern Virginia who has been pursuing excellence in multiple genres of vocal performance her entire life. She began taking voice lessons at the age of twelve, and soon after was admitted into the Fairfax Choral Society. In high school Amanda excelled in both musical theatre and choral singing. She was accepted into honors choirs at the district, state, and all-state level, was a soloist in Oakton High School’s elite madrigal choir, and had the starring role as Dorothy in her senior year’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
Amanda continued her studies at Elon University under the tutelage of Dr. Polly Butler-Cornelius. After graduating with her bachelors in Music, Amanda attended George Mason University as a Master of Music student of the renowned Mezzo Soprano Patricia Miller. After receiving her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance, Amanda went on to Shenandoah University’s Contemporary and Commercial Music Institute, where she earned her certification in Somatic Voicework. Amanda is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
During her voice studies, Amanda performed in various fully-staged operas, opera scenes, musicals, oratorios, concerts, and recitals. She has participated in the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, the James Madison Opera Institute, the Bel Cantanti Summer Opera Festival, Signature Theatre’s Overtures Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, the Crittenden Opera Project, and the American Singers Opera Project. She has received multiple honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, where she recently won first place in the Musical Theatre Continuing Education Category at the regional level.
At Elon University, Amanda had the opportunity to sing in multiple concerts as a chosen student alongside the faculty. Her favorite featured concerts include an evening for Lori Laitman, in which she sang two of the composer’s original pieces, and An Evening With Mozart, where she sang Cherubino’s arias for renowned Julliard coach Arlene Shrut. She was a section leader at Elon Community Church for four years, and is still regularly hired as a soloist for church oratorio concerts and wedding ceremonies.
Amanda’s favorite performance credits include Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte (Bethesda Summer Music Festival), Anita in West Side Story (Bethesda Summer Music Festival), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Bel Cantati Opera Company), La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Elon University Opera), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Elon University Opera), Hata in The Bartered Bride (Bethesda Summer Music Festival) and Isabelle in The Pirates of Penzance (George Mason University Opera). She made her international debut in 2013 as Abra in Juditha Triumphans with the Mittelsächsische Philharmonie in Frieberg, Germany.
Amanda has been teaching private voice and piano lessons through multiple studios for the past five years. Her past students have earned starring roles in local school and community theatre productions, been admitted to competitive musical theatre training programs locally and in New York, and have been admitted into reputable Virginia Universities to study Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. In addition to private lessons, Amanda has orchestrated voice camps and programs, masterclasses, and recently was the Music Director for a production of Aladdin Jr. She enjoys teaching multiple genres, and uses her classical training to provide her students with confidence in their vocal ability and a strong foundation in music theory. She believes singing is first and foremost a form of self-expression, and maintains a creative and collaborative atmosphere in her lessons.