Amanda Swartz grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and joined the Black Hills Suzuki School while in fourth grade.  She was involved in band, choir, and orchestra from fourth grade through high school.  She won a full tuition scholarship to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance , studying with Professor David C. Neely. Her performance experience in Nebraska included playing with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, and the Henson String Quartet, as well as the University of Nebraska Orchestra (serving as concertmaster in 1999), the Chamber Orchestra, and the Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band.

 

      Amanda was then accepted into the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where she played with the advanced orchestra. She earned her Masters of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the prestigious Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Mr. Yong Ku Ahn and Mr. Martin Beaver. While living in Baltimore, Amanda worked at the City Springs Elementary School, the Baltimore County Community College, the Peabody Institute, and the Nathan Carter School of Music. 

     In 2008 Amanda and her family returned to Rapid City, where she teaches privately and with the Black Hills Suzuki School.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, her church family, golfing, reading, and playing with the family dog, Wrigley.  She loves performing with the many talented musicians in the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.