Pianist | 2022
Amanda Gunderson serves on the faculty at Lycoming College as associate professor, teaching courses in applied piano and music theory. Her diverse research interests include biomechanics (especially for small-handed pianists) and asymmetrical meter in pedagogical repertoire. She has presented research and lecture recitals at state conferences for Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and published in "American Music Teacher," the bi-monthly journal of Music Teachers National Association. Her article “The Well-Crafted Question: Inspiring Students to Connect, Create, and Think Critically” earned the 2017 “Article of the Year Award” from MTNA. Her performances also range widely from solos in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (2008) to chamber music performances at the Beijing National Library (2015). Gunderson holds degrees from Penn State University (BM, MA, MM) and a DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she attended as a University Fellow. She is the recipient of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s “Emerging Interfaces Award”, a UW-Madison “Graduate Student Mentor Award”, and first prize in the Irving Shain Duo Competition. In 2017, she was named “Teacher of the Year” by Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Her primary teachers include Jessica Johnson, Timothy Shafer, and Christopher Taylor.