Coordinator of the Suzuki String Program - Alto Alliance 2014


Contact Information


Office: Music Building 308
Phone: 806/371-5346
Fax: 806/345-5572

Address: Amarillo College
P.O. Box 447
Amarillo, TX  79178-0001




Camille Day Nies

Assistant Professor of Music
Suzuki Program Coordinator, Violin and Viola Instructor


Phone: 806-371-5346


Appointed as Coordinator of the Amarillo College Suzuki Program in 2000, Camille Day Nies teaches private viola students aged 3 to 17 along with group viola classes, ensembles, and parent courses. As faculty of the Amarillo College Music Department, she teaches online Music Appreciation courses and teaches applied music in strings and voice.

Mrs. Nies has been a member of the Amarillo Symphony viola section since she was 15, serves as principal violist in the Amarillo Opera orchestra, and enjoys performing with Chamber Music Amarillo. She founded and performs with the Crystal String quartet, and has played with the Rockford (IL) Symphony, Philharmonia New Mexico and the Symphony of the Southwest, as well as many other regional and community ensembles. Mrs. Nies’ public education experience includes teaching orchestra and choir in Amarillo area schools.

Also a vocalist, Mrs. Nies has appeared with the Amarillo Opera in many roles and was twice featured as Prince Orlofski in Die Fledermaus. She has performed as soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Lord Nelson Mass and has been featured as a vocal soloist with the Amarillo Symphony. She is an alumnae of the outdoor music drama TEXAS.

A true product of the synergy between education and the arts in the Texas Panhandle, Mrs. Nies studied with Harrington Quartet violists Amy Brandfonbrener, Ted Allred, and Joanna Mendoza, and received her Bachelor of Music Business degree and Master of Vocal Performance degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Her pedagogical training includes study with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Beverly de la Bretonne, William Preucil, Doris Preucil, Joanne Bath, Stevie Sandven, and Marilyn O'Boyle. She and her husband, Andy, Assistant Superintendent of River Road ISD, run frantically after their two children, Mackenzie, a Suzuki violinist, and William, a Suzuki cellist.


Performing Experience

Viola player for various groups and organizations, including:
    Amarillo Symphony, section viola 1983-present
    Amarillo Opera, principal viola 2011-present (Pirates of Penzance, Ballad of Baby Doe ('15), Les Miserables, Amahl and the Night Visitors ('14, '15), Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Lucia di Lammermoor, Candide, Madama Butterfly, La Perichole, La boheme, The Italian Straw Hat, Rigoletto), section viola (Amahl and the Night Visitors ('12,'13), Gianni Schicchi ('10), Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata)
Chamber Music Amarillo, viola 
AC Suzuki Faculty Quartet, viola 2000-present (Chapman Fiddle vs Violin (’12),
    Crystal String Quartet, viola 1992-present (founding member)
     Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven’s Last Night, violin 2012, Christmas shows, viola 2000-2003
    Amarillo Little Theatre, viola various productions 1992-present, violin 2001
    Polk Street United Methodist Church, Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, Philharmonia New Mexico, area churches and musical groups, 1988-present

    Amarillo Opera’s Summer Youth Musical: Mary Poppins (’15), Oliver! (’14)

Vocalist for various civic community groups and solo performances including:    
    Amarillo Symphony, vocal soloist 2004, 1999, 1994, 1993
    WTAMU “Coffee & Divas” scholarship fundraiser, vocal soloist 1999
    Amarillo Opera, (The Magic Flute ('00-Third Lady & '94-First Lady) Madama Butterfly ('99-Kate), Die Fledermaus ('96 & '91-Prince Orlofsky), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Samantha), The Marriage of Figaro ('90-Cherubino understudy)
     Polk Street United Methodist Church, vocal soloist for Mozart Requiem 1999, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass 1997, Handel Messiah 1989
     TEXAS Outdoor Musical Drama, vocal soloist & chorus 1988


Education and Certifications

Suzuki Association of the Americas Short and Long Term Courses                   7/2000-3/2012
The SAA considers training to be professional pedagogical study, intended for well-trained musicians. A video audition is required and must be accepted for participation in an SAA-approved Teacher Training.
Registered Teacher Training
Viola Book 8 (3/2013) with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (24 clock hours), Bellingham, WA
Viola Book 5 (7/2012) with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (24 clock hours), Ft. Worth, TX
“Suzuki Principals in Action” (3/2012) with Sharon Miller (12 clock hours), Amarillo, TX
Viola Book 9 (2/2012) premier offering with William Preucil, Sr. (24 clock hours), Austin, TX
Viola Book 6 (8/2011) with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (24 clock hours), Bellingham, WA
Viola Book 4 (7/2010) with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (24 clock hours), Ft. Worth, TX
Viola Books 1-3 Overview (7/2011) with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (23 clock hours), Ft. Worth, TX
“Every Child Can!” (8/2004) with Dr. Susan Baer (6 clock hours), Lubbock, TX
     Violin Book 8 (6/2004) with Beverly de la Bretonne (3.0 credit hours), Amarillo, TX
     Violin Book 7 (7/2003) with Beverly de la Bretonne (3.0 credit hours), Amarillo, TX
     Violin Book 6 (6/2002) with Doris Preucil (24 clock hours), Snowmass, CO
     Violin Book 5 (6/2002) with Joanne Bath (24 clock hours), Snowmass, CO
     Violin Book 4 (5/2002) with Beverly de la Bretonne (3.0 credit hours), Amarillo, TX
     Violin Book 3 (12/2001) with Beverly de la Bretonne (3.0 credit hours), Amarillo, TX
     Violin Book 2 (6/2001) with Stevie Sandven (24 clock hours), Ottawa, KS
     Violin 1A & 1B (5/2001) with Beverly de la Bretonne (6.0 credit hours), Amarillo, TX
     Violin 1A & 1B (7/2000) with Marilyn O’Boyle (45 clock hours), Ft. Worth, TX
    Additional hours of observations of institute trainers and teachers (primarily violin Books I-V and viola) at 2003, 2007, 2009-2011 DFW-WOW, 2009 Ithaca Institute, 2006 & 2008 Sante Fe Suzuki Institute, 2004 & 2005 Colorado Suzuki Institutes, and lecturers are various SAA conferences and North Texas Suzuki Association events

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
Amarillo College Online Instructor Certification                                              5/2013
    12-hour certificate focusing on online learners, instructional design, assessment and media 

West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
Applied Viola Lessons                                        2004-2005
    Graduate viola studies with Joanna Mendoza, 4 hrs

Master of Music, Vocal Performance 4.0 GPA                                 5/1999
    Graduate Assistant, vocal studies with Cloyce Stradley
    Selected to lead alma mater at graduation ceremony, 1999
    Amarillo Symphony Scholarship, 1997-1998
Texas Teacher Certification All-Level Music                                 6/1997
Bachelor of Music, Music Business Cum Laude                               12/1990
     Viola studies with Amy Brandfonbrener
     Vocal studies with Elsa Porter & Stephen Morschek
     Recognized in Who’s Who Among American College Students, 1990
     WTAMU Concerto Competition winner, 1989 (voice)