Amanda Diaz

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Viola

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014

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Amanda Diaz, viola, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. She studied privately with Pamela A. McConnell.

With the Stamps Strings Quartet, Amanda Diaz traveled to Texas to perform in an All-State music convention alongside Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor. The summer after their freshman year, the Stamps String Quartet was selected by audition to work with the Juilliard String Quartet in an intense weeklong seminar in New York, culminating in a performance of the entire Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 3 in Paul Hall at Lincoln Center. Amanda Diaz also traveled twice with the Stamps String Quartet to the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, where she performed in multiple concerts. At the Frost School of Music, Diaz participated in multiple coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and other major Frost School ensembles.  She performs frequently in chamber music concerts at churches and venues throughout South Florida.

A pianist since the age of five, violinist since age seven, and violist since the age of nine, Amanda’s life has always been full of music. Diaz was born in Miami, Florida and graduated with honors from the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) where she was named most outstanding junior in the music division. She began her viola studies with Viera Borisova and continued with Richard Fleischman. She was selected for the Florida All-State Orchestra for six consecutive years. Amanda was the winner of the NWSA concerto competition and performed the J.C. Bach Viola Concerto with its orchestra. She was principal violist of the Miami String Project for the 2008-2010 seasons and was invited to Japan to perform with the group in the First Annual Youth Arts Festival in Kagoshima. She was also chosen to play with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Bank Atlantic Center. Amanda Diaz has attended the Eastern Music Festival and the Meadowmount School of Music, and in 2010 she participated in the Montecito Summer Music Festival.

Upon graduation from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Amanda Diaz accepted a scholarship offer to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Mark Jackobs.


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“We worked directly with famous fiddler Mark O’ Connor, and played in the renowned Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. No experience was like the other.”--Amanda Diaz