Amanda Kohl, lyric soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music (2006) and Artist Diploma (2011) from the Hartt School of Music and a Master’s of Music (2009) from Indiana University. She was recently seen as Susanna in Mozart's, Le Nozze di Figaro and ‘Pamina’ in Die Zauberflöte with Connecticut Lyric Opera and as Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. In Spring of 2018, Ms. Kohl was featured in the American premiere of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson's opera, Sanctuary and Storm for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and as Soprano Soloist for W.A.Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Wellesley Masterworks Series under the direction of Dr. Kevin McDonald. Currently, in her third season with Chicago Choral Artists, Amanda has appeared as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Cantata: Christum wir sollen loben schon, and as soloist in Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson. Amanda sang the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium in 2021.
Equal to her passion for performing, Amanda carries an undeniable enthusiasm and integrity into her work as a Voice Teacher and Clinician. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the field, in June of 2016 by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, having been awarded the 'Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers.' Constantly seeking to expand her knowledge of Voice Science and Pedagogy, she is a member of NATS and regularly attends conferences and workshops, which allow her to bring the most informed, healthy, and advanced techniques to her students.
Amanda has been invited as a guest clinician at various schools in New England and in the Chicago area, including the Handel and Haydn Society’s Chorus of Tenors and Basses, and Chorus Angelicus. She was appointed to Adjunct Faculty at Connecticut College, was on the Voice Faculty at the Loomis Chaffee Boarding School, and has created Audition Prep Workshops for high school students seeking to continue their musical studies at the collegiate level. Her musical directing credits include ‘Suessical Jr.’ and ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ with Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT in addition to ‘Pirates Past Noon’ and ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ with Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts and 'Madagascar Jr.’ with BRAVO in Oak Park, IL.
Although Classically trained, Amanda feels equally at home working with students in Musical Theatre, Commercial and Popular styles of singing. Working with students of all ages and abilities, she enjoys joining students on their journey to confident, healthy singing and teaching skills that are valuable both in and out of the studio.