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Amy Schumaker Bliss - Euphonium
Amy Schumaker Bliss is a euphonium artist based in the Philadelphia area. Originally from Ohio, she attended Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her bachelor's degree in euphonium performance under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Zugger and music education under Professor James Swearingen.
After graduation, she moved to England to study. She earned her master's degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where she earned Honors with Distinction in performance while studying under Steven Mead and David Thornton. While in England, she performed in the RNCM Orchestra and various concert bands including the RNCM's Wind Ensemble, chosen to perform in the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall in London. She played solo euphonium with Besses o'th' Barn brass band and had performance and rehearsal opportunities with many other brass bands in the area.
Now that she's back in the United States, Amy has been building a career that combines her love for teaching and performing music. As a performer, Amy's projects include playing solo euphonium for the Atlantic Brass Band (North American Brass Band Champions, 2011 and 2012) and collaborating with area musicians for brass quintet, orchestral, wind band, solo, and low brass performances. She has recently been selected to perform as a featured soloist with Rutgers University's top wind ensemble in February of 2014.
As a teacher, Amy teaches euphonium at Rowan University where she also teaches euphonium in the Rowan Prep program. She is Senior Adjunct Professor of Music at Burlington County College where she teaches music history. Amy is currently attending Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts as the school's first ever doctoral euphonium student.