Amanda Chmela, soprano, of Lindenhurst, NY, received a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, a MM in Opera Performance from Binghamton University, and attended Queens College as an Artist Diploma candidate for Opera Performance.  She is a member of NATS, NYSTA, The Voice Foundation, and is Certified in Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method™. Ms. Chmela currently has a private voice studio where she specializes in teaching Contemporary Commercial Music, with a strong focus on Musical Theatre styles and pop/rock.  A recent addition to the Musical Theatre Department at Rider University, she is teaching applied voice to the BFA students.  Ms. Chmela was a music instructor at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center Summer Theatre Camp this past July, taught as an adjunct voice instructor at Molloy College during the Spring 2014 semester, and was on the music faculty at Binghamton University from 2010-2013.  

Ms. Chmela has participated in the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and is an alumnus of Tri-Cities Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program.  She is currently a member of the Bay Big Band and Savoy Swing Band as their female vocalist.  Performance highlights include Anne (A Little Night Music), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Hodel/Fruma Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof), Alice (Addam’s Family), Mrs. Cratchit (A Christmas Carol), Despina (Cosi fan tutti), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Latitia & Ms. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea).  She is currently engaged to sing the role of Nancy (Oliver) during the month of February at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Roslyn.