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California, Orinda & Mexico, San Miguel de Allende
B.M. Performance and Music Education, Kent State University
M.M. and D.M.A. Flute Performance, The Ohio State University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 1998
AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, 2002
Director of Training and Sponsoring Teacher, ABME, 2006
Author: The Breathing Book for Flutists (Mountain Peak Music)
Editor/Narrator of the DVD Move Well, Avoid Injury (Andover Productions)
Amy Likar began her career as a flutist and became fascinated with performance health and wellness through her own recovery from stress-related injuries. She has since integrated her expertise in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping into her flute teaching, chamber music coaching, and master class teaching. By developing students’ physical ease, presence, and confidence, she helps them reach their musical potential.
As the Director of Training for the Association for Body Mapping Education, Amy Likar has trained, licensed and mentored over 40 professionals. These educators are now teaching in their own private studios and in institutions such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Amsterdam Conservatoire, Columbus State University, and Oberlin Conservatory.
Likar serves on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California as instructor of flute and is a teaching artist mentor for the Oakland Symphony’s award-winning Music for Excellence program. With a focus on supporting and building community and music learning for diverse student populations, Amy’s teaching integrates musical learning with whole body awareness.
A member of the Oakland Symphony, Amy has also performed as a freelance musician with Opera Parallèle, West Edge Opera, the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Highlights of her performance career include a critically acclaimed premiere of Martin Rokeach’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, in addition to the premieres of solo and chamber works by Valerie Coleman, Michael Stephens, Donald Sloan and Daniel Felsenfeld.
As a guest artist, Likar presents recitals, workshops and masterclasses. Residencies often integrate workshops for students and faculty across music, dance and theater departments.
She is a Verne Q. Powell Performing Artist and available for custom clinics and residencies.
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