Associate Professor, Conducting; Chair, Conducting, Organ, Sacred Music
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. She is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership. Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, and the American Handel Festival. The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, on the Westminster Choir College label distributed by Naxos.
She has also worked with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. She was also chorus master for the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir’s performances of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Dr. Quist served as chorus master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival. The New York Times and Charleston City Paper described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”
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. She is an active guest conductor and clinician, and her recent and upcoming appearances include the NAfME All National Honor Choir, All State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware, 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 ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.
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 was conductor of the North American Choral Company’s Midwest Chorale, a professional touring children’s choir.