Biography

Amy Grinsteiner, pianist, holds a Diploma of Postgraduate Performance and L.R.A.M. Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her primary teachers were Dennis Alexander, Angela Cheng, Nelita True, and Christopher Elton, with additional studies with Paul Lewis. As a recipient of both the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Award and the P.E.O. National Scholar Award, Amy has traveled extensively building awareness and appreciation for the arts. Through her creation of the Goldberg Project, she found a meaningful way to bring elementary age students into the concert hall using abstract art lessons, regular classroom instruction, and a shared final performance. Passionate about audience building, Dr. Grinsteiner traveled to London in 2010 on a Student-Faculty Wang Center Grant from Pacific Lutheran University. The research grant project, "Music as a hub in the London community," involved studying audience development and the impact of community outreach work.

Dr. Grinsteiner has worked with a variety of programs involving young people, including serving as Faculty Program Coordinator and Session II faculty for the Seattle Piano Institute held at the University of Washington, and as Assistant Choral Director and Choral Faculty for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Choir. Passionate about chamber music, Amy has served as the Director of the Young Chamber Players, the educational "arm" of the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, Washington, for five years. Dr. Grinsteiner enjoys a varied performance schedule that includes solo engagements, chamber music recitals, choral accompanying work, and choral directing. Ms. Grinsteiner completed the D.M.A. degree at the University of Washington in Seattle where she studied with Dr. Robin McCabe. Amy is a faculty member in the joint College of Saint Benedict|Saint John's University Department of Music where she teaches piano and Music through History.