Collaborative pianist Amanda Johnston is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi. She enjoys a thriving career as a vocal coach, specializing in comparative diction. She is author of English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach (Scarecrow Press, 2011). At UM, she is Music Director of the Opera Theatre, teaches courses in advanced diction, song literature and collaborative piano, and coaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also on faculty at the Taos Opera Institute in Taos, NM.
She has presented research at regional and national conferences held by the College Music Society (CMS), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII (Newfoundland), and National Opera Association (NOA). Further, she has given master classes in voice and collaborative piano at the Queen’s University, Royal Conservatory of Music, University of South Dakota, and Harding University. She has held positions at the University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music, York University, as well as Lied Austria (Leibnitz).
Since 2004, she has been Artistic Director of “In Recital”, a successful Toronto recital series designed to showcase Canadian singers and cultivate the art song. She has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and NPR, and has performed in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Austria, and Scotland. She was educated at Queen’s University, the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” (Weimar, Germany), and the Janáček Academy of Music (Brno, Czech Republic).