• Brass Ring Award for Performance and Citizenship Excellence, Lamont School of Music 2020
  • Recital of Distinction, Lamont School of Music 2020
  • Outstanding Performance of a Student Composition, Lamont School of Music 2020: for Andrew Dewey's Imagined Interractions for Tuba and Electronics
  • Honorable Mention, International Women's Brass Conference Category 1 tuba solo contest 2019
  • Outstanding Graduate in Music, Western Washington University 2018
  • 3rd Place Tuba Artist at the 2017 Northwest Regional Tuba Conference

Amy Kavanagh is a performer and teacher in Bellingham, WA. She is currently on the faculty at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Western Washington University and a Master's degree in music from the University of Denver. Her principal teachers include Warren Deck, Kathy Brantigan and Dr. Carla Rutschman.

Amy is an active freelance performer. She has performed with Denver Brass, Denver Municipal Band, Bellingham Chamber Music Society and Bellingham Music Club. Amy has received numerous awards for her performances. These include the Northwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, International Women's Brass Conference, and Lamont Convocation.

Amy has maintained a studio of brass students in both Bellingham, WA and Denver, CO including serving for two years as the low brass instructor at Cherry Creek Charter Academy from 2018-2020.

Amy also specializes in string instruments and has taught and performed as an upright bassist in Whatcom and Skagit counties from 2012-2018 and 2020-present.

A strong foundation in technique fundamentals and music theory guide Amy's teaching philosophy as well as a desire to have fun making music. She encourages her students to select music that excites them and works to teach important musical concepts through various styles of music performance.