Amanda started playing violin in elementary school, at the age of 10, and continued during her middle and high school years as she played in several group ensembles as well as the musical pit orchestra. Following high school, Amanda attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra.
After nearly a nine-year hiatus from playing violin, Amanda joined VCO in the spring of 2016. As music was such a large part of her life when she was younger, she was pleased to be able find an orchestra which would allow her to renew her passion for music.
Amanda grew up in Wisconsin and earned her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012. Work brought her to Roanoke, and she is currently employed at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia in the educational services division. When she is not working or playing violin, Amanda enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, cooking, and snuggling her rescue dog, Atlas.