Amanda Cook is a Massachusetts-based digital editor and music critic. She is the Editor of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, an award-winning online platform for new music. Her background in flute performance, higher education, and nonprofit administration coupled with her work in music journalism provides a unique perspective from which to view the current state of classical music.
As an advocate for living music creators, Cook is especially interested in providing a platform for artists who have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in Western classical music. As Editor of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN since September 2017, her work has been recognized in State of Digital Publishing, Boston Voyager Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, and Metrowest Daily News. Her writing has taken her throughout the United States and abroad, including international festival coverage from Musica nova Helsinki (Finland), SPOR Festival (Denmark), Borealis (Norway) and ISCM World Music Days/Estonian Music Days (Estonia).
Cook has been published in National Sawdust Log; MTNA’s American Music Teacher magazine; Naxos of America’s Explore Classical Music; Estonian culture magazine Sirp; The Flutist Quarterly; and The Flute View. She has been engaged as a guest lecturer and panelist at institutions such as Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the League of American Orchestras, Music Academy of the West, and New Music Gathering.
Cook holds degrees from West Virginia University (DMA), Kent State University (MM), and George Mason University (BM). She has previously held positions as Registrar/Marketing Manager at Suzuki School of Newton; Lecturer of Music History and Theory at West Virginia University; and Instructor of Flute and Music Theory at The Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.