Amber Sheppard is a young professional in the downtown Houston area with focus on the advancement of the performing arts as a cultural enrichment. As an employee of Theater District Houston, Amber works closely with the seven downtown resident performing arts organizations and city organizations to advocate and support the performing arts. In addition to her daily commitment to the arts, Amber enjoys continuing her studies in flute and sharing her passion and knowledge of music through masterclasses, private lessons, and local performances.
With a Master of Music from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Music with a business minor, cum laude, from the University of Central Florida, Amber has always been passionate and curious about music.
Through her studies, Amber has been invited to perform in masterclasses and study with prominent flutists such as Jim Walker, Ransom Wilson, Carol Wincenc, Rhonda Larson, Jean Ferrandis, Richard Sherman, and Jan Gippo, with her main tutelage from Aralee Dorough, Jennifer Keeney, Melissa Suhr, Dr. Nora Lee Garcia, and Kimberly Calvi-Logan.
In addition to the UH’s and UCF’s wind ensemble, symphony orchestras, chamber and opera orchestras, Amber performed new compositions with the UCF Knightwinds locally and nationally at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Florida Flute Association Convention in Orlando Florida. Furthermore, Amber, along with her three colleagues, formed the Aurelia Flutes. As a quartet, Aurelia flutes performed throughout Florida, received a special invitation for a short concert at the Powell Flutes factory and can be heard on the flute version recording of Dr. Thad Anderson's composition Through-Line.
A native of South Florida, Amber grew up surrounded by music and was constantly encouraged by her parents to partake in music. Amber’s journey began at the age of 5 on the piano, followed by exploring various other instruments before finally finding her way to the flute at the age of 8. One of Amber’s earliest memories of music was her membership in an elementary school group called Beat for Peace, an African xylophone and drumming group, where she recorded her first CD, as well as her seasonal solo piano concerts.
Amber’s passion for the performing arts really transformed in middle school, when she was admitted to Bak Middle School of the Arts, followed by Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. Her specialization at these magnet schools were in band ̶ flute to be specific and eventually piccolo.
The cultural enrichment Amber received alongside the academic requirements proved to be powerful. Amber’s experiences of being completely surrounded by all the disciplines of performing arts, whether it be theatre, band, orchestra, visual, or communications in addition to fundamental music classes like piano, music theory, and music history classes have fueled her curiosity about music and the various relationships they forms with math and communication leading her on a life-long adventure.