AMY ENGELHARDT

Vocal Workshop Clinician/Adjudicator
www.amyengelhardt.com

I began working with young singers as a member of the Grammy®-nominated vocal band
THE BOBS. Whether we brought live music to an elementary school in rural Iowa in a
state-sponsored residency or a high school in New York City, sharing the joy of music
with young people was incredibly inspiring. Now I lead a cappella and choral master
classes and clinics, coach students on performance and auditions, and regularly
adjudicate at competitions for high school, collegiate and adult groups all over the US.
From vocal jazz to classical, pop a cappella and choral ensembles, I help students
discover the passion behind the music they’re making, communicate it more
effectively, be the best performers they can possibly be, and have fun doing it.

BIOGRAPHY
From 1998 to 2011, AMY ENGELHARDT drove a lot of rental cars from Los Angeles to
Lichtenstein and everywhere in between, touring and performing with legendary, genrebusting, Grammy®-nominated "band without instruments" The Bobs. As one of the quartet’s
primary (and award-winning) writer/arrangers, Amy created Rhapsody In Bob for the band:
Gershwin's masterwork arranged for vocal orchestra (The Bobs) and blues-infused piano (Bob
Malone of the John Fogerty Band). Their show of the same title premiered at Wolf Trap.
As a session and concert singer, songwriter and solo performer, Amy’s insanely diverse
credits include Michael Giacchino’s scores for Jurassic World and Dawn of the Planet of the
Apes, Jim Henson's Animal Jam (Discovery Kids/TLC), Barbra Streisand's Timeless, the Los
Angeles Bach Festival, Neil Young's Living With War, Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne,
TWO BOBS, NO WAITING! (three 2012 BroadwayWorld Nominations for writing and
performance) and Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Holiday Show (2005-2014 tours and Walt
Disney Concert Hall). She’s shared the stage and/or studio with artists ranging from Jill
Sobule, Don Was, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Donald Fagen, Jane Lynch, Catherine O’Hara and
Julia Fordham to the LA Master Chorale and Laurence Juber.
Amy recently received the Burman Award for Songwriting from the Manhattan Association of
Cabarets (MAC) and a 2012 MAC Award nomination for Special Musical Material. Her solo CD,
Not Gonna Be Pretty, was hailed as the "unlikely and intriguing marriage of Nellie McKay and
Meat Loaf." Her first love was the theatre; as a performer, she appeared in 40+ shows from
Shakespeare to Simon to Sondheim and improvised with Los Angeles TheatreSports and
Boston ComedySportz. As a composer/ lyricist, her cheeky score for BASTARD JONES (with
librettist Marc Acito) was a Finalist for the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals.
The show recently workshopped in New York after being developed with a NAMT (National
Alliance for Musical Theater) Residency Grant and is being prepped for Off-Broadway in 2016.
Amy is also the lyricist for the musical TESLA; its reading was produced in New York by the
New Musicals Foundation. Other credits include lyrics for commissioned adaptations of Carl
Sagan's CONTACT with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos (2009 Puget Sound Theater Award – Best
New Play), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY with electric violinist Eyvind Kang at Seattle’s CenterStage
and music/lyrics for the Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers collaboration A COMEDY OF ERAS at
ACT Seattle. Special music credits include Dylan Brody’s MOTHER, MAY I at Baltimore’s
Strand Theater (dir. Rain Pryor) and THE EGG GAME (Present Company, NYC). Amy served as
librettist/creative consultant for the PBS concert special Call Me Irresponsible (2011 Telly
Award, Best Original Programming) featuring Ashley Brown (Broadway’s original Mary
Poppins), and Musical Director/Arranger for the world premiere of Drunk with Love: A
Tribute to Frances Faye at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater. She is also the Writer
and Artistic Producer of TUNE IN TIME, New York City’s Musical Theatre Game Show, running
monthly at the York Theatre.
A graduate of Syracuse University (Musical Theatre) and Boston’s Berklee College of Music
(Songwriting/Arranging), she teaches songwriting and coaches choirs, a cappella groups and
solo performers both privately and at regional and national festivals. Amy is a proud member
of SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and the only honorary female member of
the Vienna Boys Choir. A diehard travelhound and gourmet cheese fanatic, Amy splits her
time between New York and Los Angeles, and is likely in a plane somewhere over Nebraska
right now doing her umpteenth crossword puzzle.

AMY R. ENGELHARDT
WORKSHOP CLINICIAN/ADJUDICATOR
iaremusic@gmail.com

Council Rock HS (Holland, PA), April 2012

Niles West High School (Skokie, IL) November 2014

HARMONY COLLEGE NEW ENGLAND 2015 (Worcester, MA) – Conference keynote address,
master classes in songwriting and Finding Your Funny (being comfortable onstage)
THE FOURCE – Private competition performance coaching for New Jersey barbershop quartet
CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO (San Bernardino, CA) – Master class with vocal jazz ensemble
GENTLEMEN SONGSTERS (Lowell, MA) – Master class in performance (30-voice Barbershop)
SATELLITE LANE (Dix Hills, NY) – Coaching for Harmony Sweeps competition
A CAPPELLA PROJECT
PHILADELPHIA – Summer
and Winter Special
Workshops, Master Class
Clinician, Singing Compelling
Solos Master Class

BROWN UNIVERSITY
(Providence, RI) –Master
classes with The Ursa Minors
(all female a cappella group)
and Harmonic Motion (mixed)
Project Philly Master Class with Up the Octave

MORRISTOWN-BEARD SCHOOL (Morristown, NJ) – Guest Chorus Clinician
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles) – Guest Clinician, Auditioning for
Musical Theater (singers and non-singers)
SOUTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL (Reston, VA) Guest choral clinician
CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society): VoCALnation (Philadelphia) – Seminar Instructor
(Finding Your Funny), Songwriting panel, 15-Minute Songwriting Clinics, Concert Emcee
COMEDYSPORTZ PHILADELPHIA – Musical Improvisation workshop
CHERRY HILL HIGH SCHOOL WEST (Cherry Hill, NJ) - Master class w/all vocal ensembles,
Musical Theater Performance Coaching
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SETNOR SCHOOL OF MUSIC - Master class w/jazz vocal ensemble
Windjammer, SU DRAMA DEPARTMENT - Theater Lab Guest Artist
SINGSTRONG DC – Scholastic Competition Adjudicator, Seminar Instructor (Finding Your Funny),
private performance coaching, Songwriting panel, 15-Minute Songwriting Clinics
LOS ANGELES A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL–Scholastic Competition Adjudicator, Master Class
Clinician, Seminar Instructor (Finding Your Funny), 15-Minute Songwriting Clinics
MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY NEW MUSICALS WORKSHOP (January 2013) – Artist/Writer in
Residence – BASTARD JONES – NAMT Writers Residency Grant, University Fellowship Grant,
developing and workshopping a new musical with student performers and faculty advisors
COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOLS (Holland, PA) – Master Class Clinician – Choral/A Cappella
PERFORMER’S THEATER WORKSHOP (Maplewood, NJ) – Songwriting, acting, song interp
LOS ANGELES BERKLEE ALUMNI SONGWRITERS FORUM (co-creator, moderator, 6 years)
MIDWEST A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL– Master Class Clinician
YOUNG ACTORS THEATRE CAMP (San Francisco) – Master Class Clinician (Musical Theater)
NATIONAL HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES (San Francisco) – Finals Judge (2009, 2007, 2002)
REGIONAL HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES (Los Angeles) – Finals Judge (2015, 2013, 2011, 2010)
With THE BOBS (partial listing): Fairfax County Elementary Schools (VA), SPOT Residency
(University of Iowa): Des Moines YMCA Summer Camps, Iowa Children’s Museum, Marcy School
(Minneapolis), Chestnut Ridge Middle School (PA), Nellysford, VA Community Center, State of
Delaware Dept. of Education, Winchester Community Center (Las Vegas), Center of Contemporary
Arts (St. Louis, MO), Northampton High (MA), Lincoln High (Santa Clara, CA), Hamilton High (Los
Angeles), Rutgers Prep (NJ), Yeshiva of Flatbush (NY), Mira Mesa HS (San Diego), San Jose Academy
HS (CA), Christian Brothers Academy (Sacramento), Cal State Sacramento, Durham School for the Arts
(NC), Morningside College (Sioux City, IA), Purdue Convocations, Kentucky Center for the Arts

MUSIC EDUCATORS SAY…
“I've been involved in professional A Cappella for 14 years, both as a performer and promoter. The best
of the best invariably have that extra 'something' that goes beyond the music and connects them with
their audience. An hour with Amy Engelhardt is the closest I've ever seen anyone get to teaching what
many consider unteachable. She has a rare gift for helping people get comfortable with their own stage
persona, and connecting with their funny. I was thrilled to watch her work her magic.”
- Kevin Taylor, Distinguished Concerts International (at SingStrong)
“Amy helped the students in Windjammer to focus on the importance
of the lyrics in a piece of music. She gave us nice ideas on word stress
and word painting. A fresh, new view was greatly appreciated!”
- Jeffrey Welcher, Director,Windjammer Vocal Ensemble, Setnor
School of Music (Syracuse University)
“Within a two-hour period, Amy worked with two of my choirs, discussed a cappella arranging
strategies with budding composers, worked with me on different approaches to solving ensemble trouble
spots, advised my students on music-related career choices beyond high school, demonstrated her
amazing voice, and overall inspired my singers and me to push ourselves to become better
musicians. This was all done in a warm, welcoming environment. She is EXTREMELY approachable
and will bend over backwards to make sure that you are given a valuable experience. My students are
already asking when she can come back again! THANKS, AMY!!!!” - Corey Axler, Director of Choral
Activities, Professor of Theory and Composition, Council Rock HS South, Holland, PA
"When Amy came in to coach the young people at Young Actor’s Theatre Camp,
she took great care to deal with each individual and their specific performance
needs, while also delivering universal messages to the students observing. We
noticed an increase in confidence and performance level after their class with
Amy that helped them achieve their goals throughout the rest of camp in both
classes and auditions." - Terese Genecco and Shaynee Rainbolt, YATC
“Working with Amy was great for my kids. She helped them tap into the meaning of the song, and to
understand the stylistic demands of different pieces. Her presentation style is casual, and she connected
right away with my chorus. Drawing on her background as a singer and as a composer, she was able to
get to the important issues in a piece so quickly that we worked on 3 different songs in a 90 minute
workshop. Your kids will love her… she'll reinforce much of what you've taught your students... and as
we all know, sometimes they need to hear it from someone else! - Bruce Van Hoven, Morristown Beard
“Amy Engelhardt's keynote address at our conference was funny, thought-provoking, touching, and
powerful. She spoke to our audience with a clear understanding of was important to them, and
showed that she empathized with their passion for music and sharing the joy it brings. Her classes
were equally rewarding. Engelhardt combines her humor and deep knowledge of the material (be it
song writing or comedy) to the classroom to create a fun and educational experience for all
involved. Weeks later, I still have people telling me what a great time they had in her class.
Amy is 100% aca-awesome!”
- Eric Ruthenberg Chorus Director, Concord Coachmen, NED VP of Chorus Director Development

STUDENTS SAY…
“I was so fortunate to attend Amy Engelhardt's class during SingStrong DC on adding
comedy to your performance. She clearly knew her material and made it very relevant to a
general audience. She got us involved from the minute we walked in and even called some
folks up (including me) to try our hand at a bit of stage improv. So much fun and very
inspiring!” - Pam Wilson, Ashburn, VA

“Thank you so much for coming! It was refreshing to hear a new opinion on the
music we are already used to singing. I loved your honesty and sense of humor in
everything you said, from your musical comments to your love for what you do.”
- Danielle Davidson, student, Council Rock High School

“Amy's class went beyond the usual "Here's what to do with your voice" or "here's
what to do with your notes" and went to "here's what to do with YOU", a subject sorely
needed in this sort of performing. Her methods allow people to be the best version of
themselves they can be on stage, and this class altered how I will approach my next
performance. A must-attend for any stage performer.”
- Mike Olson, Attendee, Los Angeles A Cappella Festival Master Class

“Having Amy come to my school was really a dream come true for me and my classmates. Her
knowledge about musical theatre and the industry was so enlightening and inspired many of my friends
to pursue what they love. In addition the work she did with our choirs was incredible, within a half hour
of work the entire feel of the song had changed and we really started making music. Thanks, Amy!”
- Molly Barson, Council Rock High School

“Thanks SO much for coming to YATC. I really learned a lot from
what you told the other campers.”
- Elle Rosenthal, Young Actors’ Theater Camp Student

“Amy did a great job giving advice on presentation that was
well-tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each group!”
- Chris Rishel, U of Chicago Voices in Your Head,
Midwest A Cappella Fest