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Waxahachie Symphony Association to host world-renowned artists

Amanda Lee Hing, a SAGU professor and piano coordinator who also serves as the WSA Music Director, said the WSA has also partnered with Southwestern Assemblies of God University to offer workshop and masterclasses for students in college, public school, as well as private school and who are homeschooled.

"These workshops and masterclasses are conducted as part of the concert series offered by the artists," Hing elaborated. "WSA and SAGU have established a great mutual partnership bringing the wealth of arts and music to a whole new level to the community of Waxahachie."


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*Original article published by Waxahachie Daily Light.

North Texas District Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival - March 2017

The 2017 North Texas District Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival draws hundreds of youths from the North Texas area each year to compete in various categories (instrumental solos, vocal solos, digital arts solos, choral groups, worship bands, etc.).  The mission is to help students discover, develop, and deploy their ministry gifts.  Karli Bouck was named the merit winner in the Piano Solo – Advanced Hymn category.  Ezra de La Garza was named the merit winner in the Piano Solo – Classical category.  Both will advance to compete at the national level that will take place in Anaheim, CA in this August.  Other students who advanced to the national level are Matthew Bouck, Luc Co, and Emily Shaw.

Texas Wesleyan University Youth Duo-Piano Competition - February 2017

The 2017 Texas Wesleyan University Youth Duo-Piano competition is “a celebration of young pianists and the skilled collaboration between two such performers” according to the organizer of the competition.  Two AMTA student affiliate members were declared 2nd place winners at the 10th – 12th grade division.  The event took place at Nicholas Martin Hall at Texas Wesleyan University and the composition performed was Anton Arensky’s Suite for Two Pianos (Waltz).  Karli was also named 1st place winner with Brett Bouck two years ago at the same competition, performing Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche (3rd movement).  

2016 East Texas Music Teachers Association Achievement Auditions (University of Texas at Tyler)

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East Texas MTA 2016 Achievement Audition

2015 MTNA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada


2013 MTNA Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award (Anaheim, California)

Southwestern Assemblies of God University 

Chapter Advisor: Amanda Lee Hing

President: Heidi Borden

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MTNA Benjamin Whitten Collegiate of the

Research Publication

David Amram's Sonata for Piano: A Merger of Contemporary Classical and Jazz Styles

by Dr. Amanda Y. Lee

          Born in 1930 in Philadelphia, David Werner Amram III is among the most prolific composers in the United States. His published compositions encompass a wide variety of genres including orchestral and chamber works, operas, choral works, and works for solo instruments.

           Written in 1960, Sonata for Piano, a three-movement sonata, is one of the most jazz-influenced piano sonatas written in the first six decades of the twentieth century. The sonata is an amalgamation of traditional western art forms and jazz idioms. This study provides an analysis of major musical elements (melodic and harmonic procedures, texture, rhythm, and performance considerations) that contribute to the overall structure and character of the sonata.

          The research document also provides an overview of selected piano solo pieces of jazz influence written between 1900 and 1960. The major jazz elements found in these pieces may serve as a reference guide in determining the significance of Sonata for Piano. A short biography of the composer is included. The appendices contain Amram's comments from a telephone interview with the author and a list of published works by the composer. This document may serve as a resource for musicians and scholars who are interested in pursuing further studies of this work or other works of David Amram.

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2010 South-East Asia Tour

SAGU music professors Dr. Amanda Lee (piano) and Tyrone Block (trombone), members of Brass Keys Duo had recently completed their first South East Asian performing tour to Thailand and Malaysia on May 11 - 21, 2010. The purpose of the tour was part of an effort to reach out to the public community in both countries, to raise fund for non-profit Christian organizations and to create opportunity to recruit prospective students. 
         The first concert was held at Thai-German Cultural Foundation Auditorium, Bangkok, Thailand.   It was jointly organized by D&M Music Studio, The Betters Music Academy & Theatre, Windsor Suites of Bangkok, and Goethe-Institute of Thailand. The duo also performed at Syuen Hotel Grand Ballroom, Ipoh, Malaysia on May 16. A total of $12,000 was raised to help Hannah Home and Ipoh Bug. Hannah Home is a non-profit sports organization affiliated with the Sports Partnership Malaysia that envisions awareness and understanding to all organizations and communities with the proclamation of healthy lifestyles and good moral foundation through the universal appeal of sports. The organization is involved in the Sports Ministry on a local and international basis. According to Dr. Lee, "The concert was well attended by more than 1,000 people from the local community. We were so touched by the overall passion and effort put together by the local organizers and all the volunteers. The locals were so supportive of the event and thus making this one of the most successful concerts that we have had."  Brass Keys Duo performed their final concert at UCSI University (formerly University-College Sedaya International) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 20.

          Dr. Amanda Lee also conducted a two-hour piano master class at UCSI University on June 18.  Students were all piano performance majors pursuing Bachelors of Music Degree at the local university.   This was followed by another master class at Clavier Music Center in Ipoh. The students who performed were all in the process of preparing for graded examinations with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London. The final solo concert was held at Elim Gospel Hall in Ipoh on July 3. Dr. Lee had the opportunity to speak and share her personal testimony before presenting a 45-minute concert program consisting of all-time favorite hymn arrangements. "I had the privilege and a wonderful time sharing my music making and worship experiences immediately following the concert with the praise team and the youth leaders of the church," commented Dr. Lee. 

Piano Recital (Bangkok, Thailand)

Amanda Lee Piano Recital

Saturday, June 7 at 7.30 pm at Music Land Center on the 5th floor of Amarin Plaza near Chidlom BTS Station.Tel: 02-652-1076

D&M Music Studio in cooperation with Music Land present  Amanda Lee Piano Recital.


          Amanda Lee received her music degrees (D.M.A., M.M., and B.M .in Piano Performance) from West Virginia University (WVU). She graduated with a Diploma of Music from University-College Sedaya International (formerly Sedaya College ) in Malaysia . She also earned a Licentiate of Trinity College of Music ( London ) and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from The Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in 1997 and 1996 respectively.

          Amanda is a recipient of numerous awards. She received a Performance Grant Award from WVU. She was named Outstanding Senior by the WVU Foundation in 2000 and Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner in 2001. During her graduate studies, she was the recipient of the International Peace Scholarship granted by the Philanthropical Educational Organization Foundation and Music Teachers National Association StudentAward. She was also named WVU Minority Teaching Achievement Recognition (StAR) Fellow and Southern Regional Education Board Scholar. Recently, she has been selected as the winner of the 2007 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with Van Cliburn Foundation and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra) Teachers Concerto Competition.



Programme includes works:

8 Variations on Dieu d'amour
from Les Mariages Samnites by Gretry, K. 352 by W.A Mozart
Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Grand Sonata in Rag by William Albright
I) Scott Joplin's Victory
II) Ragtime Turtledove
III) Behemoth Two-Step


Mongkol Chayasirisobhon
467 Soi Mahadthai 2, Ladprao 130 Road, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240(Thailand)


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Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Finals with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 


Teachers Concerto Concert
Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Ed Landreth Hall

Jeffrey Pollock
guest conductor


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WVU honors 30 outstanding seniors

          Thirty of West Virginia Universitys top graduating seniors will be honored with the WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors Award Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. during a WVU Honors Convocation in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

          The students will be recognized for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. The award was established to commemorate the Foundations 40th anniversary in 1995.

          WVUs Outstanding Seniors for 1999-2000 are :

* Philip Biedler, Karen Higgins,  Amanda Lee  and Sharon Ritz, all of Morgantown

          The WVU Foundations Outstanding Seniors Awards honor the Universitys exceptional graduating seniors for their achievements both in and out of the classroom. These 30 seniors are at the core of our future and we are proud to recognize them, stated Foundation President F. Duke Perry in announcing the award winners.

          The selected students will be presented with a special certificate by WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. at the Honors Convocation and their names also will be included on a permanent register located in Colson Hall.

          Amanda Lee of Morgantown will graduate with a degree in music and piano performance. She is a Licentiate of Trinity College of Music in Piano Performance, has earned the Performance Grant Award and has been recognized for her outstanding contribution and support of the Rhythm of Love Concert at Sedaya College.

          Her honors include: the Presidents List, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi and National Scholastic Honorary Society. She represented WVU at the Professional Piano Accompanying for NATS Tri-State Vocal Competition, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Competition, Piano Performance at The Village at Heritage Point and at the Monongalia Arts Center.                      

          Lee is a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen, a church pianist and a choir and music director at Sedaya College.

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George Rochberg: Carnival Music (Blues)
I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked 
George Rochberg: Carnival Music (Toccata-Rag)