Amy Macy

Cello, Violin Teacher

Amy Macy

SAA Member


Harare, Zimbabwe
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Cellist Amy Macy became passionate about teaching when she had a graduate teaching assistantship while studying for her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has continued on the path of following her passions of cello performance and string teaching ever since. She was a cellist in the West Virginia Symphony for twenty years. She lived in Harare, Zimbabwe from 2012-16 where she was able to focus again on chamber music performance—an early focus of her career due to the influence of the Curtis String Quartet with whom she studied. She started her teaching career in US public schools as a string specialist and this led to a renewed interest in the Suzuki method, which she had been exposed to as a child. She is a registered Suzuki teacher through Book 6 on the cello and Book 4 on the violin. For many years she ran a large string studio in her home, which she built up in three occasions in different cities where she lived. In each location she established an ensemble performance opportunity for students—the North Hills Cello Ensemble in Pittsburgh, city-wide annual Suzuki performance in Charleston, WV and Harare, Zimbabwe, in addition to the chamber orchestra String Theory in Harare. Since returning to the US, Amy returned to school teaching as the orchestra teacher at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where she has further expanded her skills as an orchestra conductor and built up the orchestra program in the six years that she held that position before resigning to return to her role as a private teacher and performer. She retains her ties to Zimbabwe teaching students via distance learning and performing on visits as time allows. She is particularly proud of her role in establishing Suzuki teacher training in Zimbabwe which gave birth to their very own European Suzuki Association country affiliation—ZIMSA which has given her honorary lifetime membership.

In all of her musical experiences, what brings her the most joy is the connection that music brings between human beings. Whether it’s a lesson with an adult practice partner and child, teaching at an amazing camp like Ogontz Suzuki Camp, or leading a group of teens to make music at a high level together, the common denominator is connecting to others through the gift of music.

Amy is a proud mom of a two violinists.