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Ms. Amy Andersson

Guest Conductor

Bundesjugendorchestra

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Bundesjugendorchestra

Background Information

Employment History

American Conductor

High Plains Youth Symphony.org

Music Director

High Plains Youth Symphony.org

Music Director

CPE Bach Gymnasium Orchestra

Professor of Conducting

CPE Bach Gymnasium Orchestra

Affiliations

Board Member
High Plains Youth Symphony.org

Education

Bachelor's degree

piano , conducting and composition

The University of Michigan

Master's degree

conducting

Mannes College of Music

Bachelor's degree

piano , conducting and composition

University of Michigan

conducting , composing and piano

University of Michigan

Indiana University

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Directors | Allan McMurray | Nicholas Carthy | Gary Lewis | Emily Bowman | Amy Andersson

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Our Directors
Allan McMurray - Nicholas Carthy - Gary Lewis - Emily Bowman - Amy Andersson, conductor laureate - Board of Directors - Brian Jack, Executive Director
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Amy Andersson, Conductor Laureate
American conductor Amy Andersson began piano studies at an early age. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor with triple majors in piano, conducting and composition. She followed with graduate studies in conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington and completed her education with a Master's degree in conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York. She was awarded a conducting Fellowship to the Aspen Music School and her teachers have included Paul Vermel, Murray Sidlin, David Zinman, Gustav Meier and Yakov Kreizberg.
At home in both the operatic as well as symphonic repertoire, Ms. Andersson has made guest appearances in the United States as well as abroad. Ms. Andersson made her operatic debut in 1988 in Germany with performances of The Magic Flute with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Throughout the 1989-1992 seasons she made regular guest appearances with the Stadttheater Aachen including performances of The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, and her highly acclaimed performances of Tosca, which a critic from the Aachener Nachrichten hailed as "brilliant.
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In the l998/2001 seasons Ms. Andersson's many engagements included a very successful and politically significant five week tour with the Jeunesses Musicales (World Youth Orchestra) to Germany, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia. The Jeunesses World Youth Orchestra became the first western orchestra to perform in Serbia in more than ten years. The live televised concert in Belgrade was wildly successful and received critical acclaim, which led to the orchestra's re-invitation. The orchestra also performed for live television broadcasts in Sarajevo to sell out audiences. As part of this tour, she made her debut at the famous Gewandhaus with the World Youth Orchestra as a part of the Leipzig Bach Fest 2000. Ms. Andersson has also made guest appearances with the Opera Orchestra of Giessen, Germany, the Hartt School of Music Orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra of Denmark.
During the 2002-2003 season she also made her debut in live televised broadcast with the Macedonian Philharmonic in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of Jeunesses Macedonian's 35 year celebration. Ms. Andersson has guest conducted three productions at the Schloss Weikersheim International Opera Course Festival, held every two years in Weikersheim, Germany. This festival, which is dedicated to nurturing and furthering the singing careers of young opera talent from all over the world, features with each production the top youth orchestras from Europe. She conducted the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie for the critically acclaimed production of La Boheme during the summer 2001 season.
In summer 2003, she appeared again as guest conductor with the Bundesjugendorchestra (National German Youth Orchestra), for a production of Carmen, and in summer 2005, was invited for an unprecedented third time back for a production of La Traviata with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (J.O.N.D.E.).
Starting in the 2006-2007 season, Ms. Andersson accepted the position of Music Director of the High Plains Youth Symphony, in Boulder Colorado.


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Amy Andersson conducts.

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Amy Andersson, guest conductor
At home in both the operatic and symphonic repertoires, Amy Andersson has conducted throughout Europe and in the US. She has led opera productions in Germany at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheater Aachen, Weikersheim Opera Festival, Rheinsberg Chamber Opera and in the US at the Colorado Light Opera. She has made concert appearances in Germany with the the Niederrheinische Symphoniker, LOH Orchestra Sonderhausen, Berliner Symphoniker, Giessen Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, (Denmark), Macedonian Philharmonic, (Skopje), Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Les Musicales du Trophee, (France), and the Colorado Music Festival (US).
Andersson is dedicated to working with young musicians and has held the posts of Professor of Conducting at the esteemed Berlin Hochschule der Kunste (Berlin University of Arts) and Music Director of the CPE Bach Gymnasium Orchestra (CPE Bach High School Music Academy, Berlin). Committed to nurturing the careers of rising, young opera singers, she led three seasons at the Weikersheim Opera Festival (Germany), which featured international casts and acclaimed youth orchestras with each production. She conducted productions of La Boheme, Carmen and La Traviata with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundes Jugend Orchestra and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, JONDE.
Andersson received her BMA from the University of Michigan, and following graduate studies at Indiana University, received a MM in conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York.


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AMY ANDERSSON
American conductor Amy Andersson began piano studies at an early age. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor with triple majors in piano, conducting and composition. She followed with graduate studies in conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington and completed her education with a Master's degree in conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York. She was awarded a conducting Fellowship to the Aspen Music School and her teachers have included Paul Vermel, Murray Sidlin, David Zinman, Gustav Meier and Yakov Kreizberg.
At home in both the operatic as well as symphonic repertoire, Ms. Andersson has made guest appearances in the United States as well as abroad. Ms. Andersson made her operatic debut in 1988 in Germany with performances of The Magic Flute with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Throughout the 1989-1992 seasons she made regular guest appearances with the Stadttheater Aachen including performances of The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, and her highly acclaimed performances of Tosca, which a critic from the Aachener Nachrichten hailed as "brilliant.
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In the l998/2001 seasons Ms. Andersson's many engagements included a very successful and politically significant five week tour with the Jeunesses Musicales (World Youth Orchestra) to Germany, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia. The Jeunesses World Youth Orchestra became the first western orchestra to perform in Serbia in more than ten years. The live televised concert in Belgrade was wildly successful and received critical acclaim, which led to the orchestra's re-invitation. The orchestra also performed for live television broadcasts in Sarajevo to sell out audiences. As part of this tour, she made her debut at the famous Gewandhaus with the World Youth Orchestra as a part of the Leipzig Bach Fest 2000. Ms. Andersson has also made guest appearances with the Opera Orchestra of Giessen, Germany, the Hartt School of Music Orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra of Denmark.
During the 2002-2003 season she also made her debut in live televised broadcast with the Macedonian Philharmonic in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of Jeunesses Macedonian's 35 year celebration. Ms. Andersson has guest conducted three productions at the Schloss Weikersheim International Opera Course Festival, held every two years in Weikersheim, Germany. This festival, which is dedicated to nurturing and furthering the singing careers of young opera talent from all over the world, features with each production the top youth orchestras from Europe. She conducted the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie for the critically acclaimed production of La Boheme during the summer 2001 season.
In summer 2003, she appeared again as guest conductor with the Bundesjugendorchestra (National German Youth Orchestra), for a production of Carmen, and in summer 2005, was invited for an unprecedented third time back for a production of La Traviata with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (J.O.N.D.E.).
Starting in the 2006-2007 season, Ms. Andersson accepted the position of Music Director of the High Plains Youth Symphony, in Boulder Colorado.


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As the conductor for The High Plains Youth Symphony, Andersson is creating her vision of life in Boulder and sharing her musical talents.

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Conductor Amy Andersson's blond hair is pulled back from her face as she shouts above the noise, "Who needs a pencil? With a fistful of yellow No. 2s, she wanders among the rows of students and answers questions. There are new faces in the group tonight because while the students were on summer break, the orchestra doubled in size by adding 55 new members and creating a Simphonetta for younger musicians.
Andersson herself only joined the group as music director last November, just two months after its formation. She has conducted youth programs in Germany and Spain, taught at the University of Berlin and toured with the top world youth orchestra throughout Europe, among other accomplishments.
Luckily for the HPYS, Andersson has called Boulder home for nine years and had reached a point in her career where she wanted a new challenge. The opportunity to create a youth program from the ground-up was irresistible.
"I've traveled so much back and forth over the years, and I thought it would be terrific to build something in Boulder," says Andersson.
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"I wanted to show them where we're going," explains Andersson.
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Meanwhile, bows are quivering, the somber wail of an oboe rises and Andersson oversees it all with a controlled fervor.
To some, the musical patterns flowing through the different parts of the orchestra would be confusing, but to Andersson, it is second nature. She's appreciated music from the crib - literally.
"When I was a tiny baby, my crib was next to the piano in the music room," says Andersson. "My mom [had] private voice lessons and I used to be in my crib taking a nap. Her mother loved classical music and would take Andersson to the local orchestra in Michigan. She began studying piano on a Yamaha upright and was composing pieces by 10. In high school, a composition she wrote for her choir toured Europe and soon she added conducting to her repertoire.
"It's sort of natural that a composer conducts their own pieces," says Andersson. "That's when I really sort of decided that was my instrument, that an orchestra could be my instrument."
Wanting to be a part of all aspects of music making, Andersson intensively studied conducting, composing and piano at the University of Michigan. She continued her musical education at Indiana University, Mannes College and as a fellow at the Aspen Music School. Germany was the next stop for her and the start of an extensive conducting career.
Back in Boulder, she crouches behind her stand before springing up and counting, , 2, 1, 2," and shouting "Yes! when her students keep up the frantic pace. Her hand movements are precise, almost chopping at times, but gracefully fluid at others. No matter what, they are always perfectly timed with the upbeat. An effective conductor uses their body to communicate with their musicians. Over the years, Andersson has studied scores of conductors to develop her own style and technique.
"Your body is really your communicating medium," she says. "It's not just the arm or baton, but your breath from your toes to your head.
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"That was a spectacular sight-read," praises Andersson as her clapping is joined by the group of parents. For a few moments, she is all smiles, but then gets back to work, pointing out trouble spots for each group to practice. She calls out a pianissimo and an important section for the second violins where they act like a motor for the rest of the group. Then she's using snowboard or surfing analogies to explain rhythms.
"Just like a snowboard. You go over the bump and you're almost losing it and then you don't," she says while pantomiming an unsteady boarder.
Next, she's explaining how Mozart is overlapping the music into layers of sound.
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Andersson admits that her students have a heavy load between weekly rehearsal, practice, private lessons, schoolwork and family. Still, the orchestra is a place where they can come, relax and lose themselves in music each week. The pressure is on, but Andersson tries to keep them focused on excellence, rather than competiveness. Most importantly, she wants them to love the music and experience it in new ways.
"We set the bar very high and I just assume that they're hungry for that sort of experience," she says.
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It's the same intrinsic qualities," says Andersson. "It's unifying elements.


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