Duo Sila is an ensemble with a penchant for making connections – between people, cultures, genres, and perspectives. The rare combination of flute and percussion pushes the boundaries of old and new, blending the influences that have shaped the journey of classical music through the incorporation of diverse tonalities and musical styles. The ensemble has quickly become established as a dynamic and ambitious chamber music ensemble, making their own impact on the landscape of Western art music through unique arrangements and thoughtful interpretations of the innovative repertoire that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary.
Christina Manceor, percussion
Christina Manceor is a percussionist, educator, and arts administrator with diverse musical interests. As a freelance musician in the Baltimore area and a member of The Kris Johnson Group, a jazz/funk/soul fusion ensemble based in Detroit, she pursues opportunities for artistic collaboration in a variety of forms, including chamber music, orchestra, and improvisation.
Christina has performed in the musical theatre production The Music Man, the opera The Mikado, the jazz musical Jim Crow’s Tears, and with Symphony No. 1 (Baltimore, MD) and the Symphony of the Lakes (Warsaw, IN). As a soloist, she is winner of the 2015 PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship and the 2013 Black Swamp Solo Multi-Percussion Competition.
In addition to her active performance career, Christina works at the Peabody Conservatory as Assistant Director of the LAUNCHPad career services office, and serves as adjunct faculty there for the innovative Breakthrough Curriculum. She has also directed many of her own performance projects, including a collaborative dance and percussion performance of Derek Bermel’s improvisation-based piece, Orbit Design. Through a combination of her performance and entrepreneurial skills, Christina is able to create compelling collaborations in unexpected spaces, finding unique ways to bring the artistic and emotional journey to new audiences.
Amanda Dame, flute
Flute soloist and chamber musician Amanda Dame is known for her vast breadth of repertoire and thematic programming. Over the past year, she has presented solo recitals at notable venues including Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY, the Arts Club of Washington in DC, and The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. She also performed on the American Music Series at the Anderson House in DC, where she presented her widely-successful Classical Holiday program to a sold-out audience. Amanda has been a featured performer in the Friday Noon Series at the Peabody Institute, and the Danenburg Honors Recital at Oberlin Conservatory. As a chamber musician, Amanda has founded and performed with a variety of ensembles, most notably the woodwind quintet Monument Winds as well as Duo Sila.
Amanda has been a laureate in many competitions, receiving first place awards in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition in Washington, DC, the Best Mozart Performance category of the global Great Composer Competition Series, 2014 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2013 Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, the 2012 Stephan Scholarship Competition, and the Tommy Ippolito Scholarship.
With a love for teaching, Amanda has served on the Flute Faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, ME, and has been a chamber music coach at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. While at Oberlin, Amanda served as a Secondary lessons teacher, she also served as Teaching Assistant at the Oberlin Flute Academy for two summers. With a passion for bringing music to communities throughout Baltimore, Amanda has taught at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids program, and created and taught arts-integrated curriculum at the Summer Arts & Learning Academy with Young Audiences of Maryland.