12 and up
45 minutes $200/month
3 month minimum commitment required.
Amanda Horton has been teaching voice for over 15 years, along her busy performing schedule. Locally, Amanda has performed as guest soloist with Asheville Symphony Chorus, Carolina Concert Choir, Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers, and the Brio Concert Series. She has sung leading roles with Asheville Lyric Opera such as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Adina in The Elixir of Love. She frequently gives recitals of opera, Broadway, jazz standards, art song and chamber music. Beyond Asheville, Amanda has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, as a Young Artist with Opera Santa Barbara and at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to name a few. You might also have caught her on stage at the White Horse Black Mountain and Hendersonville Little Theatre. For more information about Amanda’s performances, check out her website AmandaHortonSoprano.com/
Amanda began voice training in high school, with a love of Broadway and the “American songbook.” She soon discovered classical singing, music history, drama and languages, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (Furman University) and her Master of Music in Voice Performance (Shenandoah University). At SU, she studied vocal pedagogy and began private voice instruction as a Graduate Assistant in Voice. During those years, Amanda worked with mostly musical theater majors and wrote her graduate thesis on the use of classical singing technique for musical theater. Teaching helped her develop a deeper understanding of her own voice and body, and since then, Amanda has continued to work with a wide range of voices, ages and personalities.
Lessons with Amanda
Amanda is committed to instilling a strong, healthy foundation for all students. Whether they sing with a microphone, as part of a church choir, audition for college scholarships, or in an opera house, students learn the same basic technique. Amanda is happy working on varied repertoire, including jazz, musical theater, classical, gospel and folk music. Her ideal students are passionate musicians, open-minded about different styles, dedicated to reaching their potential through regular practice, and eager to share music through performing.
Students are expected to practice assigned vocal exercises on their own as well as to learn musical pieces. She also assigns music theory exercises as needed. She encourages all students to balance their private lessons with piano lessons, ensemble participation, drama, and other complimentary activities. Her goals for every student are: a beautiful sound, creative fulfillment, self-confidence and longevity as a singer.