Amy N. S. Dodds
Dr. Amy N. S. Dodds
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Lecturer in Chamber Music.
Violin/Viola, Chamber Music
Walla Walla, Wash 99362
Amy Dodds joined the music faculty at Whitman College in 2001. She
received her M.A. in music and D.M.A. in violin performance from
Claremont Graduate University, where she studied with Rachel Vetter
Huang. Other teachers have included Susan Pickett, Anke Leibrecht, and
Kathryn Gray. A recipient of two major fellowships while a doctoral
student, Dodds also won such competitions as the Polk Competition of
the Claremont Colleges and the national Sister Mary Faustina Memorial
Competition. While in Claremont, Dodds was granted exclusive use of a
violin made in 1672 by Andrea Guarneri, on which she performed several
recitals. In addition to performing numerous concerts around the
Northwest, Dodds has also had several of her recitals aired on public
television. A former member of the music faculties of Scripps College
and the University of La Verne, Dr. Dodds is also a pianist, having
studied with Marianne Gienger, Dorothy Fahlman, Leonard Richter, and Hao
Huang. She currently teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at
Dodds' research has included the music of several British women
composers, and she spent the summer of 2002 as a reader in the British
Library, London, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. She has written book
reviews on emerging sources of women composers and performers, and was
an editor of The Story of Music, a musical encyclopedia published in
Volunteering in the community is important to Dodds, and she frequently
organizes recitals in local retirement homes and for charitable events.
In 2010 she organized a concert entitled "Be Free: Humanity through
Poetry and Music." The program, featuring the research of Susan
Pickett, the composition of Kristin Vining, and the poetry of Linda
Andrews, also included music by other women composers past and present,
performed by the women faculty of all three local colleges, and was
attended by Artists for Human Rights leaders as part of the Shelter for
Freedom event to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Dodds has been a member of numerous orchestras, including the Walla
Walla Symphony, and directed the Milton-Stateline String Ensemble from
2001-2003. She has enjoyed collaborating with the Walla Walla Choral
Society, and performs regularly in local churches.
Dr. Dodds is married to Gregory Dodds, Professor of History at Walla
Walla University, with whom she has two daughters.