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Amanda Penick, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Piano Area, joined The University of Alabama faculty in 1955. She graduated with academic honors from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, and received the M.M. degree from The University of Alabama. She has had subsequent study with Irwin Freundlich and Joseph Prostakoff. Penick has appeared extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and was featured in the University Television Service weekly series “The Pianist at Work” for over twenty-eight years. She has served as guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator and conductor of master classes for numerous local district, state, and divisional levels of Music Teachers National Association. She is a past President of AMTA and has been a member of the Southern Division Executive Board of MTNA and Baldwin chairman. Her students have won many awards and competitions including the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition and Young Keyboard Artist Competition. Most recently, Dr. Drew Mays, Birmingham Ophthamologist and Penick student, won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs (June 2007). Penick holds the Master Teacher Certification from MTNA, and in 1988, was the recipient of The University of Alabama’s Outstanding Commitment To Teaching Award.
Most recently, Mrs. Penick was awarded the 2008 National Teacher of the Year Award by Music Teachers National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Woman of Distinction from the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, and has become a member of the prestigious George Denny Society of The University of Alabama. In 2003 Penick was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award by the Alabama State Arts Council. In 1995 Penick was named Musician of the Year by receiving the Druid Arts Award awarded by the Arts Counsel of Tuscaloosa, and she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the top three campus-wide honor societies. In recognition of her excellence in the teaching of music and in service to the Alabama Music Teachers Association (AMTA), the community and the state, Amanda Penick was awarded the inaugural AMTA Teacher of the Year. The AMTA Board of Trustees has also endorsed the establishment of a $20,000 endowment fund in the name of Amanda Penick.