Amanda Crider graduated with honors in Piano Performance from Syracuse University, where she studied with renowned teacher, Robert Weirich. As a pianist, Ms. Crider was an active recitalist and collaborator at university with instrumentalists and singers alike, and has collaborated professionally on numerous recitals with violist, Yvonne Johnson of the Savannah Symphony. She has also accompanied voice recitals for singers from the Metropolitan Opera throughout North America and Canada. Ms. Crider has made her career as a Mezzo-Soprano, singing with companies such as Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Florida Grand Opera, among others. She has performed with New World Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, Seraphic Fire, Bach Festival Society of Florida, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. Crider has been a prize winner and finalist in the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition, and is the Artistic Director of IlluminArts.