An energetic musician and educator, Amanda Lyon holds a Master of Arts degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she studied extensively with renowned flutist, Nicole Esposito. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Amanda is a Florida native and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kim McCormick at the University of South Florida. In addition to her educational studies, Amanda has performed in masterclasses and workshops with such prominent artists as Walfrid Kujala, Jim Walker, Sarah Jackson, Aaron Goldman, Gary Schocker, Horacio Parravicini, Nicola Mazzanti, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Geralyn Coticone, Alberto Almarza, and Francesca Arnone.
Amanda is known for her excellent collaborative skills with other musicians, performing in many ensembles, including FluteAmici, Rose City Flute Choir, "ARTrio" Woodwind Trio, "Armada" Flute and Bassoon Duo, and the Florida Flute Orchestra. Currently, Amanda is Principal Flute in the South Shore Symphony Orchestra and plays piccolo in the Tampa Bay Symphony. Prior to moving to St. Petersburg, Amanda maintained a varied performing schedule that included directing the Gulf Coast Flute Choir, and playing flute and piccolo in the Sarasota Concert Band, Florida Wind Band, South Shore Symphony Orchestra, weddings, events, sacred services, and various solo, opera, and pit orchestra performances. She was also a substitute piccolo player for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In previous years, Amanda has performed with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, the Jim McDonough Orchestra, and Distinguished Concerts International New York. Amanda has also worked as a recording artist with Pro-Series Elite Practice System and the Walt Disney Company, Celebrate You Program.
Amanda is a full-time music educator in Pinellas
County Schools where she teaches a variety of instrumental and general music
classes to ages 5 - 22. She has worked in private and public schools in Manatee
County, and has taught private and group lessons for West Music Company, Griggs
Music, Marion Music Academy, Senior Center of Iowa City (New Horizons Band), and
Paul Effman Music Service. Professional memberships include the National
Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Florida Bandmasters
Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Sigma Alpha
Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women.
Amanda performs on the Miyazawa Vision and the Hammig Piccolo.
Personal Note: The website name, "flutiecutie," is in memory of my amazing mother, who began using it as my nickname when I was in middle school. I could never have achieved so much without her love and support. She passed away from cancer in 2009 at a young age of 55 years. I miss her every day.