Amanda Pond enjoys an active career as a flutist and teacher. As an orchestral flutist, she currently performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
In Fall 2018, Amanda began as Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Millikin University, where she teaches applied flute, flute choir, and flute methods. Previously, she has enjoyed teaching students of all ages in her private studio, and at the Conservatory of Central Illinois.
As an avid chamber musician, Amanda can be heard frequently with duo partner and harpist Julia Jamieson, with the Millikin University Faculty Quintet, and in a variety of ensembles in Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town series.
As a Baroque Flutist, she has played with Bach Society Houston and as a soloist with Concerto Urbano. She performs regularly in period chamber ensembles and has collaborated frequently in concert with harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax.
In 2018, Amanda performed Phoenix Rising for solo alto flute and c flute, composed by Stacy Garrop, as part of Stacy’s residency with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. The performance and Stacy’s residency was sponsored by New Music America, in conjunction with the League of American Orchestras.
Amanda received both her B.M. and M.M. in Flute Performance at the University of Illinois, where she studied with Alexander Murray. She also studied at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Graduate Woodwind Quintet Fellowship. While in graduate school, she won second place at the National Flute Association’s annual Orchestral Audition Competition.