Tiffany McDaniel

Tiffany Jackson McDaniel began playing the violin at age 3 in the Amarillo College Suzuki String Program, founded by the late Suzanne Grooms and Helen Gerald. She earned a Bachelor of Music Business degree form West Texas A&M University. Throughout her career she has studied with Beverly de la Bretonne and Annie Chalex Boyle. She was a member of the TMEA All-State Orchestra for 2 years, a 7 year member of the All-Region Orchestra, a four year winner of the National Orchestra Award (High School Division)  and won 'Outstanding' marks at both the Greater Southwest Music Festival, and UIL Solo Competition for 9 years. Tiffany was also a featured fiddler in "TEXAS:A Musical Drama"/"Texas: Legacies" for 6 years, and a member of the touring branch of the show, "Texas Express". She won the Concerto Competition at West Texas A&M University, and won the first violin spot in the West Texas String Quartet, founded by the Harrington String Quartet. She has played with TransSiberian Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Mary Jane Johnson, John Bayless, Mark O'Connor, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, the Amarillo String Quartet, Quartet-A-Tete, Crystal String Quartet and has performed for Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Rather, Sherman Helmsly, and the late Rick Husband. She has also performed in numerous musicals and plays in the pit orchestra for Amarillo Little Theater.  In July 2010, she became certified to teach the Mark O'Connor String Method after attending his workshop in New York City, and also had the opportunity to take a heavy metal improvisation class with Rachel Barton Pine. Tiffany had the pleasure of being a guest soloist with the Amarillo College Chamber Orchestra for the West Texas premiere of  Time: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra by Daniel P. Wade.

Mrs. McDaniel currently teaches Suzuki violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, where she received training from Beverly de la Bretonne. She also plays first violin with the Crystal String Quartet and the Amarillo College String Quartet and performs regularly with the Amarillo Symphony, of which she has been a member since 1998. When she isn't playing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and being a mommy to their daughter, Hazel, who studies cello in the AC Suzuki Program.