Amy Blackwood knew from early on that she wanted to pursue a career in music education. She’s been lucky to have been taught and inspired by a number of mentors who have had a meaningful impact on her academic life. As an enthusiastic and devoted music professor, she strives to pass on her love of learning to her own students.
Knowledge for Every Level
CHAMBER STRING ORCHESTRA
Amy Blackwood holds a master of music degree in accompanying and chamber music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Jim Douglass and Andrew Harley. In addition to her studies at UNC-Greensboro, she has had the opportunity to participate in master classes by such artists as Nathan Gunn and Alan Smith. As the pianist for the UNC-Greensboro Wind Ensemble and the chamber group Casella Sinfonietta, she toured throughout the eastern and southern United States, and performed on three commercially available recordings: “Arts and Letters,” "Premieres!" and "Fireworks!" In 2007, Blackwood was selected to be a member of the National Wind Ensemble and performed at Carnegie Hall. She has spent summers working as a collaborative pianist at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, the Summer Vocal Arts Program at the UNC School of the Arts, and has participated in the Ameropa chamber festival in Prague. In the fall of 2011, Blackwood began her appointment as the full-time accompanist at Lander University, where she works with singers, instrumentalists, and choral ensembles. Additionally, she serves as the string area coordinator and directs the Chamber Strings ensemble. Since moving to South Carolina, she has formed the Blake Street Trio, a Greenwood based chamber ensemble, with clarinetist Matthew Miller and cellist Sarah Dean, with Blackwood serving predominately as violinist. As a pianist, Blackwood continues to collaborate and perform extensively with professional instrumentalists from North and South Carolina, including members of the Greenville Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony, as well as music faculty members from Presbyterian College and Winthrop University.