As an avid chamber musician, advocate of modern music, music education, and community involvement in classical music, Amber has performed across the United States.
Amber's interest lies primarily in performing chamber music, working with composers to premiere their work, and getting the community involved in classical and new music. She has had the opportunity to work with and premiere works by many composers including; Carson Cooman, Hannah Lash, Alan Tormey, David Gerard Matthews, Chris Massa, Ash Madni, and Ryan Stewart.
Also experienced as an administrator, Amber has produced and directed chamber and new music productions, and community and education outreach programs and performances in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also sat as a member on a number of PA nonprofit arts organization boards. Amber was a founding member of Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra and a founding member and director of Black Orchid String Trio, and is intimately familiar with the operations and tribulations of grassroots arts nonprofits.
In addition to her small ensemble endeavors, Amber is also the Principal Violist of the Butler Symphony Orchestra and freelances with Erie Chamber Orchestra, Music On The Edge, OvreArts, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Erie Philharmonic, and many other ensembles.
Amber's primary instructors have been Toby Appel, John Graham, and Warren Friesen. In masterclasses and festivals she has had the opportunity to study with Pinchas Zukerman, Misha Amory, Jorja Fleezanis, Peter Slowik, Vartan Manoogian, Zvi Zeitlin, Patricia McCarty, and Thomas Turner.
Amber has studied chamber music with Margo Garrett, members of the Ying Quartet and Brentano Quartet, the American Quartet, Cavani Quartet and Borromeo Quartet. In masterclass she has had the opportunity to be coached by the Takas Quartet and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. She has also had the opportunity to study period performance practice with Christel Thielmann and Paul O'Dette.
In her off time Amber enjoys reading, cooking, swimming, kayaking, and is active in a number of social welfare charitable organizations.