BM, Loyola University
MFA, Vocal Performance, Tulane University
Amanda N. Waites is a singer and voice teacher with over 18 years of experience. Prior to her move to Texas, Mrs. Waites served as Music Department Chairperson and Lead Teacher for the Vocal Music Division for the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Louisiana’s arts conservatory. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University and a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Tulane University where she had the privilege to work as a teaching assistant to professor emeritus Frank Monachino. She has sung in many styles including opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and country. As a mezzo-soprano, she has embraced the motto “good singing is good singing” and has found it to resonate with many of her students and colleagues. Amanda has performed in numerous musical productions. Her favorite roles include Nancy in Oliver, Cinderella in Into the Woods, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Erma in Anything Goes for which she received a Big Easy Award nomination. As a teacher, Amanda’s students have enjoyed great success in major music schools around the country, Off-Broadway productions, Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, The Voice and even as a finalist in American Idol. Her students win NATS’ Student Auditions and receive high marks at annual All State auditions. She is an active member and has served on the board as a Vice President for the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She adjudicates frequently for TMEA. Mrs. Waites works as adjunct faculty for Lone Star College- Montgomery teaching Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, and Class Voice, sings in local and regional venues, and maintains a private voice studio in Montgomery, Texas.