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Amanda Alstad violin

Amanda Alstad | violin

Amanda Alstad was raised in a musical household in Northern Alberta. Beginning violin lessons at age five and taking up piano shortly after, Amanda's childhood was centered on music. Following high school Miss Alstad pursued a Bachelor of Music as a violin major, studying with Aaron Au, Tanya Prochazka, and Guillaume Tardif. Throughout her degree she was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, Academy Strings, and the Wild Rose String Quartet.

In April 2012 Amanda completed her Bachelor of Music, graduating with distinction. She is a recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship, the Beryl Barns Memorial Scholarship, and the Dr. Robert and Anna Shaw Scholarship. Miss Alstad is currently employed by the Francis Winspear Foundation coordinating educational outreach projects. This includes the Edmonton Symphony's newly launched YONA-Sistema program where Amanda, along with teaching artists provides intense after school music lessons to 6-9 year old children five days a week. Miss Alstad would like to express her gratitude to her teachers, friends, and family for their support, enthusiasm, encouragement, and patience.