North Carolina resident Amanda York Schafer has been spreading the joy of music through teaching for fifteen years. She has been on the piano faculty at Campbell University since 2004. Ms. Schafer also teaches privately in Fayetteville. She is in demand as a master class clinician and as an adjudicator for competitions.
She is an active member of the Fayetteville Piano Teachers Association, where she serves as secretary. She is also a member of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.
Ms. Schafer received her Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Ball State University in Indiana, where she studied with Dr. Robert Palmer. She holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Peace College, where she studied with Dr. Ray Kilburn. Ms. Schafer was awarded the W. Trent Ragland Fund for International Study in Travel in 1998 to study music at the Hochschule fur Musik, “Mozarteum,” in Salzburg, Austria. Post-graduate studies include lessons with Dr. Milton Laufer, Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, and master classes with Walter Hautzig and John O’Conor.
In addition to her teaching curriculum, Ms. Schafer maintains a regular concert schedule. She is particularly interested in French Impressionists and Spanish piano music. She has a keen interest in two-piano repertoire and ensemble repertoire. Recent performances include the FPTA faculty recital, the Modern Composer’s Festival, and a several solo recitals. She is also the pianist at McPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.