Amy Likar, flute and piccolo, is a member of the Oakland Symphony and teaches for the Music For Excellence (MUSE) program. As a freelance musician, she has performed with numerous groups throughout the Bay Area of California. She performs in the Alcyone Ensemble with flutist Rena Urso-Trapani and Ciel, Aer et Vens with soprano Jenni Cook and pianist Miles Graber.
She holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Flute Performance from Kent State University. Her flute teachers include Martha Aarons, Katherine Borst Jones, Randy Hester, Peter Lloyd and Tim Day. In 1991-92, Ms. Likar taught high school English in Swaziland, Southern Africa.
As a licensed Andover Educator, Ms. Likar has presented “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” at the University of New Hampshire, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, Cal Summer Arts, Holy Names University, Columbus State University (GA), Clayton State University, St. Olaf College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and other venues across the country and Europe. Ms. Likar has presented the work at multiple conferences including National Flute Association Conventions, Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposiums and the Music Teachers National Association Tri-Conference.
She is the Director of Training for Andover Educators and served as their President for 7 years during their formation as a non profit for continuing education and professional development for musicians.
Ms. Likar has studied the Alexander Technique for over 20 years and received her teaching certification and training from the Alexander Training Institute of San Francisco, studying with Frank Ottiwell, Robert Britton, Larry Ball, Rome Earle, Simone Biase and John Coffin. She has also studied the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping over the past 20 years with Barbara Conable. She is a member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique (M.AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International.
Ms. Likar maintains an active studio and coaches young students to professionals. She works with singers and instrumentalists on enhancing greater freedom and ease both physically and musically.
For more information about Amy Likar, please visit her website at amylikar.com.