Amanda Banister has been playing violin since age 4. Growing up in a musical family allowed her many experiences playing and performing with her brothers. Upon attending the University of Alberta in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Amanda began playing with the Wild Rose String Quartet. With the exception of a year traveling and working abroad, she has played with this ensemble ever since. In 2013, Mrs. Banister began working with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as the Education Outreach Coordinator. As part of her job assignment, she helped launch the Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta. Amanda graduated from her Bachelor of Education with high distinction two years ago and completed two successful years of teaching kindergarten, elementary music for students aged 4 – 12, as well as a music class for students with autism. Mrs. Banister recently rejoined the Winspear Centre as the Associate Director of Musical Creativity and is excited to be combining her passion for teaching with her love of music and arts education.