Amanda McFadden is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Delaware, where she also conducts the Neuro Notes, a choir for people with Parkinson’s disease, in collaboration with the Speech Pathology department through the Community Music School. She is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Music as well as the Junior Instructor Coordinator at the Community Music School. Ms. McFadden has worked with the University of Delaware Chorale and Schola Cantorum as an assistant conductor, where she taught works and conducted in concert as well as assisted with administrative tasks pertaining to the choral department, under the direction of Dr. Paul Head.
At San José State University, she received her Bachelor in Music Education cum laude and was honored with the Outstanding Undergraduate for the School of Music and Dance. Under the direction of Dr. She Quist and Dr. Charlene Archibeque, she assisted the SJSU Concert Choir and Choraliers, both as a section leader and assistant conductor. Prior to graduate school, she taught Middle and High School Instrumental Music at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, California. While at Woodside, she turned the program around by increasing enrollment, igniting passion through student leadership, and adding new curricular classes to allow the students to grow musically in a cohesive and contiguous way.
Ms. McFadden’s non-musical projects reflect community – an ideal that is at the core of everything she does. From coaching volleyball to leading service learning trips, her aim is to instill a strong sense of community in every person with which she interacts.