Amanda is originally from Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BMus in Horn Performance), and Northwestern University (MMus, also in Horn Performance). She has performed internationally at festivals in Japan and Israel, and spent a year as a Rotary International Scholar in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied at the Universität Mozarteum.
Throughout her musical training, Amanda maintained a keen interest in ergonomics and issues related to body usage in musicians. In 1998, she received an Aston-Patterning® session as a result of a performance related shoulder injury, and immediately recognized the immense potential value of the work for herself and other musicians. With the ultimate goal of introducing this work to other performing artists, Amanda began her studies in Aston-Patterning® in 2000 and became a Certified Aston-Patterning® Practitioner in 2004. Since then, she has continued her studies in the field and, cumulatively, has completed over 1000 hours of direct training with Judith Aston, the founder of Aston-Patterning.
In addition to her work with individuals, Amanda also enjoys teaching activity-specific group classes. In that realm, she has led workshops for many different populations, ranging from office workers to athletes, and gardeners to massage therapists. She has given master classes for musicians in numerous venues, including the National Orchestral Institute, the University of Hartford-Hartt School of Music, and Northwestern University. She presented three classes at the 47th Symposium of the International Horn Society in Los Angeles in August of 2015, and has given talks on the benefits of Aston-Patterning for classical musicians at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) regional conference in Tampa, Florida, in April of 2014, and at PAMA’s annual International Symposium in Aspen in July of 2104.
Amanda maintains a private practice in lovely downtown Urbana, IL. She also has a part-time practice in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building, where she focuses exclusively on the needs of performing artists. She is available to teach master classes and workshops nationwide.
Amanda Skidmore Farasat is a Certified Aston-Patterning Practitioner, LMT, and is the owner and founder of Illinois Center for Aston-Patterning, LLC.