Composer / Pianist
Amy Cottingham began taking piano and violin lessons at age three. She performs, composes, arranges, transcribes, and teaches classical and jazz music. Her compositions of varying styles have been performed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by the Signature Symphony and by high school and college students as well as professionals.
With a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance, she has won numerous state and regional piano competitions. During her schooling, she traveled through Europe performing with vocal and instrumental ensembles. She holds a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Oklahoma State University.
Amy was the pianist for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for 9 years. She has been invited to give solo recitals for the Brown Bag It series at the Performing Arts Center, the Music at the Mansion Series at the Historical Society, as well as recitals for church concert series and retirement communities. She has been invited to perform alongside other artists in Performance Plus and Tulsa Fest, under the direction of Dr. Barry Epperley. Amy has also been featured at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame numerous times as a solo performer with her own show and as a guest on the Annual Keyboard Concert. Amy plays jazz, rags, tangos, improvisations and classical music for parties, weddings, receptions, and corporate events.
Amy has been teaching private piano lessons for over 20 years and managed a full-time music studio out of her home for 14 years, with many students placing in piano competitions and going on to be music majors in college. She is an active member of the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association (with whom she is nationally certified) and the Hyechka Music Club. As an accompanist, Amy’s experience ranges from musicals, school choirs and adult choirs to junior and senior recitals, auditions and professional recitals.
Seven years ago, Amy created a monthly concert series called Monthly Musicales, providing a stage for a variety of local musicians and artists, from professionals and music professors to young students and up-and-coming performers, featuring a wide range of musical styles. Concerts were in homes or public venues, always with food and wine, bringing the musical community together in a unique, intimate, relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Amy is now focusing on composing, recording, and traveling. She plans to release a CD of solo piano compositions and the accompanying scores within this year, 2017. She plans to move to Wellington, New Zealand in 2018 to pursue a degree in composition from Victoria University.