Violist Amy Hess joined the Lyric Opera Orchestra in 2016. She was formerly a principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. She recently collaborated in concert with bassist Edgar Meyer as part of the Aspen Salida concert series in Colorado. Amy also was part of the Chicago premier of Joel Puckett's string quartet concerto Short Stories with the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and performed the solo viola role in Richard Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist Joseph Johnson and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.
Amy received her Master of Music in viola from Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where she earned degrees in French and violin. While at Oberlin, she spent a semester in Paris, studying violin with David Rivière of the CNSM and musicology at the Sorbonne. Her interest in French music continued with a collaboration with Oberlin assistant professor and Ravel scholar Sigrun Heinzelmann on a presentation at the Music Theory Midwest Conference and several lectures at Oberlin. Amy's principal teachers and mentors have included Karen Ritscher, Roland Vamos, David Bowlin, and Addison Teng, but it all began thanks to her mother, a Suzuki violin teacher in Lancaster, PA.