Amanda Stewart is currently the Associate Principal Trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony, a position she began in the Fall of 2014. Born in Oakland, Maryland, she began playing the trombone at the age of six. Her studies started with Harold Hudnall and continued with Dr. H. Keith Jackson, current Dean of the College of Creative Arts of West Virginia University. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Joseph Alessi.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Stewart has played with numerous orchestras. She was Principal Trombonist of the San Antonio Symphony for eight seasons, Assistant Principal Trombonist of the Lyric Opera of San Antonio for four seasons, and Associate Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic for two seasons. Ms. Stewart has also been a regular substitute and extra player with the Boston Symphony and has toured with them internationally. She has also performed with the Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, National, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Toronto Symphonies. Ms. Stewart has also spent several summers performing in the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.
In other performing capacities, Ms. Stewart is a current member of the trombone quartet, STL Trombones. She has also performed as a member of the Burning River Brass and the San Antonio Brass. During her tenure as a member, Ms. Stewart performed twice as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony. She has also appeared as a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival and the International Women’s Brass Conference.
As an educator, Ms. Stewart currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, and has taught privately at several other universities, namely Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Rutgers University, Trinity University, and McKendree University. Ms. Stewart has also given masterclasses at many national universities and conservatories, namely the New England Conservatory, Rice University, and The Juilliard School. Ms. Stewart is an Edwards artist, performing on Edwards trombones and Griego Mouthpieces.