Amanda Hodder is a professional pianist, accompanist, choral conductor and musician of the highest calibre.

Amanda moved into Lilydale in 2011, and within a very short time she has made a significant difference to the musical life of the north east.

The Scottsdale Choir have been lucky enough to entice her to conduct them, and she is a worthy successor to the wonderful Judith Robbers who had been with the choir for many years.

Amanda has brought to Lilydale her consummate musicianship - on 30th June 2013, she and Martin Penicka, cellist, performed brilliantly in a house concert in Lilydale. Shostakovich and much more was presented in a fabulous afternoon.

Amanda and Martin record this concert for the ABC and it will be played on ABC Classic FM early in 2014.

 Amanda Hodder; Associate Lecturer in Accompaniment, University of Tasmania.

 Amanda will be coordinating and conducting an exciting choral adventure for the Launceston Junction Festival in 2013.

Amanda Hodder studied music at the University of Tasmania then completed her  Masters in Music post-graduate degree from the University of Melbourne.  During her earlier undergraduate studies, she won various awards for collaborative pianism, undertook master classes with pianists such as Ian Munro and Geoffrey Lancaster, and was featured on ABC Classic FM’s Rising Stars program. 

Awards:

  • the Major Ensemble Award at the National Liederfest (2003 and 2009);
  • the Hugh D. T. Williamson Accompanist’s Award at the Mietta Song Recital (2004), enabling her to spend most of 2005 studying in Paris and Southern Germany;
  • the Lady Hamer Award (2007), an award made specifically for pianists who are interested in working collaboratively with other musicians;
  • the Geoffrey Parsons Award (2008), an award run by the Accompanist Guild of South Australia, supported by the Geoffrey Parsons Trust UK and judged by Mr Malcolm Martineau, an internationally remowned accompanist;
  • the MacDonald Trust Scholar award (2008) at the VCA, and was the only accompanist employed by the voice department
  • the Margaret Schofield Award for Outstanding Accompanying (2009).

Working with singers:

As a repetiteur, Amanda has worked for all the major Melbourne opera companies, as well as Opera Australia.  In addition to this, she has also worked with

  • Symphony Australia,
  • Sydney Philarmonia Choir,
  • Sydney Children’s Choir
  • Gondwana Voices
  • Sydney Chamber Singers
  • Cameron Macintosh (Oliver!)
  • The Really Useful Company (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Jersey Boys.

Amanda regularly works with both Oz Opera and Opera Queensland, music directing their education programs.

Television:

On television, Amanda has worked with The Choir of Hard Knocks, performed with Ronan Keating on Rove Live, and was the recommended vocal coach for the Melbourne finalists of ABC TV's Operatunity Oz. Unafraid of challenges, Amanda has conducted choirs in many places, including remote Aboriginal communities and men's prisons.

Accompanying:

In 2011, Amanda was appointed Associate Lecturer in Accompaniment Studies at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.

 
 

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