Amanda Hernandez holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School of Music, where she completed long-term Suzuki training under Christie Felsing and Teri Einfeldt. Born and raised in Texas, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, along with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her initial Suzuki training from Judy Offman and has been teaching violin and viola through the Suzuki method since 2012.
Before joining violin faculty at SMID, Amanda held the position of Artist in Residence for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra where she served as an instructional coach in the public schools working to eliminate barriers to strings education. While in Wichita Falls, she taught Suzuki violin at the Gail Key Academy of Music, coached sectionals and chamber music for the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, and taught courses as adjunct music faculty at Midwestern State University.
Amanda has performed in professional orchestras in both the south and northeast in ensembles such as the West Texas Symphony and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as participated in music festivals such as the Texas Music Festival, International Music Academy of Pilsen (Czech Republic), and the Cambridge International String Academy (UK). Her violin and chamber coaches include Katie Lansdale, Kirsten Yon, Steve Larson, Emlyn Ngai, Brian Suits and Anthony Kitai.
Outside of music, Amanda enjoys cooking new recipes, visiting her nieces, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her tuxedo cat, Fritz.