Amanda Bekeny discovered her passion for orchestral and chamber music as a young trumpet student of her longtime mentor and friend, composer Dr. Jack Gallagher. After attending The College of Wooster, Dr. Bekeny spent years of intense study in trumpet, orchestral performance, and chamber music. She holds a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a student of John Aley and Alan Campbell and was a member of the renowned Wisconsin Brass Quintet. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University, where, as a student of Timothy Leasure, she was awarded the A. Peter Costanza Award for the most Distinguished DMA Document. After completing her graduate degrees, she focused her studies on chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of David Burkhart and member of the acclaimed New Music Ensemble.
An active performer, Dr. Bekeny is a member of City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, Diamond Brass, and Olympic Brass Quintet. Dr. Bekeny can regularly be heard playing with the Akron Symphony and is a former member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Ashland Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and Ohio Light Opera Orchestra.
Since 2008, Dr. Bekeny has taught Trumpet and Brass Chamber Music at The College of Wooster. And, from 2010 through 2012 Dr. Bekeny oversaw the trumpet studio at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Dr. Bekeny maintained a busy schedule of teaching, conducting, and performing. She led the Ohio State Trumpet Ensemble in performances at the International Trumpet Guild 36th Annual Conference and world premiere performances at the OSU Contemporary Music Festival.
Dr. Bekeny serves on the Board of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, which is in its 62nd Season of bringing world-class chamber music to audiences in Northeast Ohio. She is an avid runner and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and three children.