About Amy

About Amy

Amy Cheifetz is a soprano and voice teacher who has recently relocated to Salem, Oregon after twelve years in New York City. While in NYC, she performed extensively throughout the region, was a member of the voice faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and maintained a successful private vocal studio.

Originally from California, Amy has been performing in musical theatre, opera, and professional choirs since the age of 10. She has earned degrees in vocal performance from the University of California, Irvine (B. Music) and the University of Washington (M. Music, D.M.A. abd). Her diverse operatic performances include a solo recital of German and American art songs at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France, Sophie De Palma in Terrance McNally’s Master Class and Antonia in the innovative and well received production of Cirque Boom NYC’s The Hoffmann Circus, a circus opera based on Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. One reviewer stated that Ms. Cheifetz had a “powerful and stirring voice” with “a wonderful dramatic sense and an impressive stage presence.” Her operatic roles also include Musetta in La Bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Despina in Così fan tutte, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

Amy places great importance on making classical music accessible and interesting to everyone and has had the joy of performing in opera and classical music outreach programs with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Song as a Second Language. She has been an apprentice artist with Utah Festival Opera and is a frequent guest artist at Middlebury College in Vermont. While in Seattle, Amy was a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards, and a soloist with both the Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus and the Lake Chelan Bach Fest. But despite her love and success in classical music, her first love was and always will be American Musical Theatre.

While in New York she co-developed a cabaret “musical” called “The Boyfriend Back Home” with Jeff Caldwell that they performed to rave reviews at the famous Don’t Tell Mama’s in Manhattan. Her musical theater roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof , Winnie in No, No, Nanette, and (the role that started it all) Duffy in Annie.

As a teacher, besides her twelve years teaching at AMDA and in her private studio, she was a Visiting Professor of Voice at Ball State University in Indiana and taught dancers at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in New Jersey. Amy gives master classes in both classical and musical theater throughout the U.S. Her students perform on Broadway (including Hairspray, Chorus Line, Wicked), in National and International Tours (including Hairspray, Grease, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof), and Regional houses across the United States. Browse this site for more information about Amy Cheifetz. If you have any questions, you will find her current contact information here.