Violist Amber D. Sander currently serves as a Suzuki Specialist in the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District and is an active violist based out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She is equally passionate about teaching and performing, and has built a multifaceted career that reflects that. Dr. Sander has had the honor to teach in some of the nation’s leading music schools, including the University of North Texas, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory School, Texas Woman's University, and Richland College.
Dr. Sander maintains a very active performance schedule in the North Texas area. As an orchestral player she regularly performs with the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, and the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra. She can frequently be heard on chamber music concerts throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and has also appeared as a soloist with the major ensembles at Texas Woman’s University. Previously, she was a founding member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, which performed for thousands of at risk children, and has been a member of over twenty professional orchestras.
While completing her master’s degree with Jeffery Irvine and her doctoral degree with Susan Dubois, Dr. Sander studied the principles of Karen Tuttle’s Coordination. Coordination has become the foundation of her playing, as can be seen and heard through the expressive and deep tone she plays with, and physical ease and comfort she achieves. It was also the subject of her doctoral dissertation entitled A Performer’s Guide to the Execution and Application of Karen Tuttle’s Coordination, as Applied to Ernest Bloch’s Suite Hebraique.
Dr. Sander has presented and published at the national level. Her scholarly and creative work is practical in nature and she seeks to create resources that simplify educator's day-to-day teaching. In the future she is interested in developing a systematic approach to teaching Coordination, including students at the beginning level. She is also interested in developing aural practice resources for violists, and designing a shoulder/chin rest system to increase freedom of motion while playing.
She holds degrees from Texas Tech University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of North Texas, and has studied at the Aspen Music Festival. Her principal teachers include Susan Dubois, Jeffery Irvine, Ralph Fielding, Setareh Beheshti, and Mark Neumann. She has also completed extensive Suzuki training with Kimberly Meier Sims, Alice Ann O'Niell, Betsy Stuen Walker, and many others.
When she is not playing or teaching, Dr. Sander enjoys and active lifestyle with her husband and their two dogs, y aprendiendo español.