Amanda Hughes is the retired Director of Music at Clarke Middle School in Lexington, Ma, holding an M.M.E from UMASS Lowell. She attained her BA in music education from EWU, remaining on the West Coast for many years. There, she was a founding member of the Spokane Flute Society, participating in many SFS educational performances in regional schools. She was often called upon to direct workshops, ran her own studio, and was an active performer in the area.
A native of Seattle, WA, her life carried her to various parts of the country, where she took advantage of every opportunity to glean from as many artists as possible. She has participated in Master classes and/or lessons from Keith Underwood, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Carol Wincenc, James Galway, Rhonda Larson, William Bennett, Julius Baker, and many, many, others. Her main instructors include Webb Coffee, (a former student of James Pappoutsakis), and Doug Worthen.
Mrs. Hughes has participated in various flute ensembles, as well as directing her own flute choirs, and small chamber groups. She has played in community orchestras across the country, opera pits, and professionally freelances in the Greater Boston area. She sat as a GBFA board member, writing articles for it’s monthly publication, has often served as an adjudicator, and is an active member of NAfME, and the NFA.
Amanda has been a private flute teacher for over 30 years. As well as running her own thriving studio, she has been on the faculties of The School of Creative Arts in Lexington, Ma, The School of Performing Arts in Kilmarnock, VA, adjunct faculty at EWU in Washington State, and currently, Boston Flute Academy.
Although an experienced performer, Amanda’s first love is in teaching flute. Amanda is devoted to providing each student with the tools they need to accomplish their personal goals; to provide inspiration, motivation, and a sense of accomplishment at whatever level they play. She strives to bring each student to his or her highest potential. Her pride lies mainly in the accomplishments of her students, who are frequently found in the ranks of honorable area orchestras and ensembles, such as Boston Youth Orchestra, Junior and Senior Districts, All-State Orchestra, Concord Players, and Tanglewood Summer Program, and have won prestigious solo competitions.
Her personal philosophy is to set a high bar for her students, and expect them to rise to the challenge. She is willing to isolate a student’s major needs, and find ways specific to each student, to overcome their weaknesses, and exemplify their strengths. Amanda also believes in working as a team. She believes that no one, flute instructor can develop a student completely. Every student needs to be surrounded by great performers and instructors to learn to develop their art.
Boston Flute Academy is the perfect climate for students to feel secure, yet challenged; to be surrounded by Master flutists and teachers, and to be comfortable with supportive peers. Amanda considers it an honor to be part of this staff.
Ms. Hughes currently resides in Chelmsford, MA, with her husband, Russ, and German Shepherd, Mia.