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David Southorn first dazzled New Haven audiences in his role as Concertmaster with the 2018 Opening Night performance of Scheherezade. He steps into the spotlight again for two dramatic works for solo violin and orchestra by Arvo Pärt and Aaron Kernis. This celebration of the orchestra’s string family will also pay homage to beloved masterworks by Mozart and Haydn.
Amy Christman, Music Department Chair at Educational Center for the Arts
A native of Sandown, New Hampshire, Amy has performed as a pianist, choral artist, and conductor, in New Hampshire, New York, and Connecticut. Amy earned a BM magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied piano with Vincent Lenti and Tony Caramia, served as the New York State President of NYSSMA, and was an inaugural participant in the Eastman School’s innovative Arts Leadership Program. Amy has worked as a teaching artist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Music Education Collaborative. Amy is active as an accompanist, choral conductor, and adjudicator in the New Haven area, and has performed as an accompanist for ensemble and soloists, including the University of Bridgeport University Singers, Cheshire Community Chorus, and Greenwich Children’s Honor Choir. Amy served as the Director of Choral Music at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT for nine years, where she taught AP Music Theory and conducted all choral ensembles, which performed extensively in the Northeast, earning superior ratings at festivals and invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall and Riverside Cathedral in New York City. Amy was selected as the District Teacher of the Year in 2005 and represented Joel Barlow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute Redesigning the American High School. Amy has studied conducting with William Weinhert, Donald Hunsberger, Richard Westenburg, Doreen Rao at the Hartt School of Music, and James Jordan at Westminster Choir College. In May 2005 Amy completed her Master of Arts degree at Teachers College Columbia University in Philosophy and Education, working intensively with David Hanson and Maxine Greene to explore the field of aesthetic philosophy and its implications for arts education.