AMY HUZJAK - CELLO

Originally from Colorado, cellist Amy Huzjak has been a member of the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale since September 2011, serving as Principal Cellist and as cellist of the Permian Basin String Quartet. Amy also plays with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Spring Symphony, Amarillo Symphony and freelances throughout West Texas. Recent solo appearances include Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Abilene Christian University Orchestra, the Adagio of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the University of Texas-Permian Basin, and duo recitals in San Angelo, Midland, Abilene and Dallas.

A committed educator, Amy is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, has a studio of over 30 students in the Midland/Odessa area, and is the Adjunct Professor of Cello at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and the Adjunct Low Strings Instructor at Angelo State University. Previous posts include Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, Midland College, and Odessa College.

Before moving to Texas, Amy was the Principal Cellist of the Huntington (WV) Symphony Orchestra and played with several D.C area orchestras including the Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chamber Orchestra (MD), and the Prince William (VA) Symphony. She was a faculty member at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and had a private studio in College Park, MD.

Amy received her Masters degree in Music Performance at the University of Maryland in May 2011. During her time there, Amy served as an Orchestral Graduate Assistant, studying with David Teie and Evelyn Elsing. She received her Bachelors degree Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in May of 2009 where she studied with Thomas Landschoot. Amy has participated in numerous summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Killington Music Festival, studying with Michael Mermeguen, Andrew Schulman, and Brinton Smith.