Amanda Nix began studying the violin at age 5 in her elementary school strings program in Wayzata, Minnesota. Her passion for her instrument was instantly developed, and she was fortunate to have early experiences that helped nurture her passion and her playing, including summer festivals such as Interlochen Arts Camp, Bravo!, and the Biarritz, France International Workshop, to name a few.
Upon graduation from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, she attended Texas Tech University on full scholarship. Under the guidance of her teacher, Dr. John Gilbert, she transformed from a student to a young professional, winning auditions around West Texas in numerous regional orchestras such as The Abilene Philharmonic and The Lubbock Symphony.
Her undergraduate degree completed, Ms. Nix was accepted at the Cleveland Institute of Music and began her master’s in music performance with the esteemed Linda Cerone. These two years offered Ms. Nix many opportunities to perform for faculty master classes and weekly studio classes.
Ms. Nix moved back to Texas the summer after graduating from CIM. Shortly after her arrival Ms. Nix accepted a position as Orchestra Director at Lake Highlands Middle School. Ms. Nix began honing her teaching skills with her new students. Learning from her team and fostering relationships in the arts community led her to go on and open a private lesson studio, teaching 60+ violin and viola students weekly in award winning orchestra programs throughout North Dallas.
During this period Ms. Nix was performing in dozens of regional orchestras in the area and traveling increasingly. These travels took her to Utah in the summers performing with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater and the Utah Symphony. As well as to Sarasota, Florida, in the winter months where she performed with the Sarasota Opera. It was these trips to Sarasota that led her and her husband to move, yet again, to the place they now call home.
In the years since moving to Sarasota, Ms. Nix won a position with the Sarasota Orchestra and performs regularly with the other regional orchestras throughout Florida such as the Orlando Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Nix can also be heard performing in productions at the Asolo Repertory Theater and Florida Studio Theater.
Before joining the staff of Booker High School, Ms. Nix spent three years travelling and performing as the solo violinist with the National/International tours of Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
In 2017 Amanda Nix accepted the position of Orchestra Director at Booker High School as well as the Gulf Coast Homeschool Fine Arts. Over these past years, Ms. Nix has grown these programs and made long lasting relationships with her administrators, students, and community through music.
This mission of connecting through music inspired Ms. Nix to start her own studio in Sarasota, Tiny Music Pods, and her own professional string quartet, Palm Street Quartet.