Amber Evans is originally from Brisbane, Australia, currently based in New York. She is a recent graduate of the Masters program in Contemporary Classical Voice under the tutelage of Lucy Shelton at the Manhattan School ofMusic. During her time there, she premiered over thirty new vocal works writtenby student composers and became very familiar with modern classics by Philippe Leroux, Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Kaija Saariaho and others. Ms. Evans also had the privilege to be the assistant conductor for MSM’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and presented the roles of Fiordiligi in scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. Last summer, she was the recipient of the Hiebert Performance Prize at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany for her performances of Berberian’s Stripsody and Jakob Bragg’s Elegy for Chamberlain and a resident fellow in the Contemporary Performance Institute (CPI) at Wellesley College, MA. This summer, Ms. Evans is looking forward to making appearances at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music, the Nantucket New Music Festival and will return to CPI at Brandeis University, MA.
An avid chorister and ensemble singer, Ms. Evans can frequently be seen singing with the Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine, Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, the vocal quartet at Church of the Holy Innocents, and Pomerium. This year, she is looking forward to joining the vocal ensemble Ekmeles for concerts in their
2018‑19 performance season. Working with The Australian Voices in previous years as the ensemble’s composer-in-residence and assistant conductor presented the
opportunity to have two choral works published by Edition Peters and recorded under the Warner Classics label.
Outside performing, Ms. Evans has been a music librarian for The Australian Voices, Brisbane Chamber Choir, and a circulation assistant at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Manhattan School of Music libraries. A great passion of hers is the cultivation and promulgation of rarely performed repertoire involving unusual musical setups and instrument combinations. She is looking forward to collaborating with the database collection team of the Resonant Bodies Festival to devise an accessible, user‑friendly interface for contemporary vocal works.