Amy Noonan, Violin & Viola
A transplant from Southern California, Amy has enjoyed an active and diverse musical career which has afforded her opportunities in performing, recording, touring and teaching for the last thirteen years. Her teaching is a product of all she has learned from her musical experience combined with her passion to help others discover their own musical passion. Keeping in mind the philosophy of ‘teaching the student and not the subject’ each lesson focuses on assisting the student in stepping further toward their musical goals and serves to enrich who they are as an individual. She believes a better understanding of oneself leads to greater musical skill.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music in viola performance from Azusa Pacific University. From age sixteen to twenty-five her primary viola teacher was Robert Becker, Principal Viola of the Pacific Symphony for 30 years, recording artist in Hollywood for 400+ films, Juilliard BM and MM graduate and Director of Strings Studies at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Throughout those years she participated in his annual Viola Workout in Crested Butte, Colorado, where she started as a pupil and then served as an apprentice in which he helped hone her teaching and performing abilities. At the end of those years she co-taught his middle and high school aged students. Much of her teaching philosophy comes from her time with Mr. Becker.
As a performer, Amy has seen stages across the United States, Italy and Austria with orchestras, choirs and bands. She has recorded in Los Angeles at Warner Bros. Studios and Capitol Records, played in a music video with Stevie Nicks, been on television several times including a live performance with Andy Grammer, and can be found on numerous tracks for up and coming musicians. At Azusa Pacific she won the 2009 concerto competition with P. Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher, and performed the piece several times in 2010 for various events and concerts including the feature concert with full orchestra. Possibly the most “Hollywood” of her experiences has been when she was one of eight featured string players at the 2007 Governor’s Ball for the Academy Awards.
Most currently, Amy has held the Principal seat in the Dana Point Symphony for four years, performed several concerts with Symphony Irvine, and worked as Administrator of Programs for Soli Studios Music in which she taught privately, managed the rental, retail and repair shop, hired musicians for events, and managed and taught their after school music program, Soli Encore.