Amanda Staufer

Violin / Piano

Bachelor of Arts, Violin Performance, Cedarville University, 2019

Master of Music Student, Violin Performance, Western Michigan University, Class of 2021

Amanda returns to Kalamazoo to pursue an M.M. in Violin Performance at Western Michigan University on scholarship. Graduating from Cedarville University with highest honors in 2019, Amanda earned her B.A. in Violin Performance, with a secondary concentration in Arts Administration. Beginning her violin studies with Karin Code of Kalamazoo, Amanda studied with Carlos Elias at Cedarville University and will be a student of David Lisker at WMU. She is also an Artist Scholar with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

While the violin is her primary instrument, Amanda studied piano since the age of 7 and loves to play and teach it. She accompanies her siblings for recitals, auditions, and Stulberg masterclasses. For the past several years, she taught a studio of 10-15 piano and violin students from beginning to advanced levels.

During her high school years, Amanda performed with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony, Lamb of God, West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Chamber Strings, the S.e.l.a.h. Strings Quartet, and Homeschool Performing Arts’ pit orchestras for Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music. At Cedarville, she held a rotating position as concertmaster and principal second violin of the University Symphony. Amanda enjoys both coaching and playing in small ensembles, including piano trios and string quartets.

Amanda seeks to cultivate deep musical appreciation in others, even those who are unable to entirely devote their lives to music. Music is a gift, designed to give voice to the deep, unspoken musings of the heart and lift the weary soul to a place of refreshment, creativity, and peace. Amanda believes in sharing the gift of music by teaching and performing it.