Resident Assistant Professor and Director of Strings Dr. Amanda Wilton holds degrees from the University of Houston, University of Maryland, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain where she studied with the Casals Quartet as a Fulbright Researcher. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in nearly every city in Spain, Switzerland, and Germany, and in recitals in Houston, Chicago, and West Michigan. As an orchestral musician, Amanda was Principal Viola of the Brazos Valley Symphony and Cedar Rapids Symphony, and member of the viola sections of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Dubuque Symphony, and Quad City Symphony. In addition to her active performance career, Dr. Wilton has researched several topics in the field of musicology, and as a winner of the Dalton Research Competition her article “The Viola in Harold in Italy” was published in the Journal of the American Viola Society. Past teaching appointments include Lone Star College-Tomball and private violin and viola lessons in the Houston area. Each summer, Dr. Wilton teaches many talented young violists at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in her home state of Michigan.