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Amanda Quist

Faculty / Amanda Quist

Associate Professor, Conducting; Chair, Conducting, Organ, Sacred Music

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Williamson Hall 43
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101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dr. Amanda Quist is Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. She conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei, and she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. Dr. Quist is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership, and she is the Carol F. Spinelli Conducting Fellow.

With Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, she has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, the American Handel Festival, and in France and England.  The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, on the Westminster Choir College label and distributed by Naxos. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. Her work as chorus master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival garnered praise from The New York Times and Charleston City Paper, who described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”  She has also served as chorus master for the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, preparing the ensemble for performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amahl and the Night Visitors, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.  

Dr. Quist is director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students, and she was previously director of choral activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in choral singing, and she has presented lectures on this and other topics across the country. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include conducting the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All National Honor Choir; All State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware and Colorado; All-Collegiate Honor Choirs in California, Massachusetts and Georgia; and serving as headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) repertoire & resources coordinator for collegiate activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

In 2019 she has been invited to conduct as part of the ACDA International Exchange Program in South Africa and serve as a clinician for the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in Australia.

With Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, she has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, the American Handel Festival, and in France and England.  The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, on the Westminster Choir College label and distributed by Naxos. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. Her work as chorus master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival garnered praise from The New York Times and Charleston City Paper, who described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”  She has also served as chorus master for the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, preparing the ensemble for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Amahl and the Night Visitors with The Philadelphia Orchestra.  

Dr. Quist is Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students, and she was previously director of choral activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in choral singing, and she has presented lectures on this and other topics across the country. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include conducting the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All National Honor Choir; All State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware and Colorado; All-Collegiate Honor Choirs in California, Massachusetts and Georgia; and serving as headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

She has been invited to serve as a conductor as part of the 2019 ACDA International Exchange Program in South Africa, as a clinician for the 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in Australia and as a juror for the 2019 Penabur International Choir Festival in Indonesia.

Dr. Quist earned her Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education and Choral Conducting, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University. She has held positions on the faculties of Western Michigan University, and the University of North Texas, and she served as associate conductor for the Denton Bach Society in Texas. Before pursing her graduate degrees, Dr. Quist taught in the Michigan public and private school systems, and she was conductor of the North American Choral Company’s Midwest Chorale, a professional touring children’s choir.