Amanda Wilton, DMA
Amanda Wilton, DMA

Amanda Wilton, DMA

Resident Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Director of Strings
  • Music History

Academic Appointments


  • Fine & Performing Arts


  • Resident Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • University Orchestra


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.

Publications and Presentations


  • Journal of the American Viola Society, "The Viola in Berlioz's Harold in Italy", Vol. 29, no. 1, 25-32, 2013


  • "York Bowen's Three Viola and Piano Masterworks for Lionel Tertis," Doctoral Dissertation, University of Houston, 2014


  • Master Class Teacher at the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin College, 2016
  • Lecture-Recital for the American Viola Society Festival, "York Bowen's Phantasy as a Masterwork of the Viola Repertoire", 2016
  • Viola Soloist with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in East Lansing, Michigan, Max Bruch's "Romanze for Viola and Orchestra", 2015
  • BlueFire Duo Performance, Blodgett Recital Series, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, Michigan, 2015

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • String Performance & Pedagogy
    Chamber & Orchestral Music
    Music History

Current Research Projects

  • Student - Faculty Chamber music collaboration
    Pre-Performance Lecture for Opera Omaha with Film Streams
    Orchestral Performances with the Omaha Symphony and Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
    Chamber Music Performances with the BlueFire Chamber Players
    Viola Soloist with the Mason Symphony Orchestra
    Viola Soloist in Recitals

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Grant for Graduate Research, Barcelona Spain 2008-09, U.S. Department of State and Comisión Fulbright España, 2016
  • Dalton Research Competition, American Viola Society, American Viola Society, 2012
  • Moores School Concerto Competition Finalist, University of Houston, University of Houston, 2011