Amanda Cook is a Boston-based editor, writer, and arts administrator with a background in flute performance and higher education. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, a blog about new classical music, art, and technology. Additionally, she holds a multi-faceted position in marketing, development, grant writing, and general administration at the Suzuki School of Newton, a nonprofit music school and integrative arts preschool in Newton, MA. Her background in performance and education coupled with her current work in music journalism and administration provide a unique perspective through which to view the current state of classical music.
As an advocate for contemporary music, Amanda is especially interested in providing a platform for historically marginalized and underrepresented artists. She joined the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN team in 2013 as a contributing writer, and assumed the role of Associate Editor in 2015. Amanda transitioned into the Editor-in-Chief role in September 2017, and her editorial work has been recognized on State of Digital Publishing. Her writing has taken her throughout the United States and abroad, with coverage of international festivals including Musica nova Helsinki (Finland), SPOR Festival (Denmark) and Borealis (Norway).
Amanda holds degrees from West Virginia University (DMA), Kent State University (MM), and George Mason University (BM). She has previously held positions as Lecturer of Music History and Theory at West Virginia University and Instructor of Flute and Music Theory at The Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. She is the author of Between the Ledger Lines: a blog for the modern flutist, and has been published in MTNA’s American Music Teacher magazine; The Flutist Quarterly, the flagship member publication of the National Flute Association; and The Flute View: a magazine for flutists, by flutists. Her doctoral dissertation, Encounters with the Avant-Garde: Four Case Studies in the Reception History of Contemporary Flute Works (1971-present), is a synthesis of her research areas of interest: flute performance, musicology, and music criticism. performance, musicology, and music criticism.