Amy Thiaville


Amanda McMillian & Benjamin Holloway Chair

When you meet Amy, ask her if she’s ever been to the Kentucky Derby? How does she find time to rehearse with three kids? What’s worse, New Orleans summers or Wisconsin winters?


Amy Thiaville is a Professor of Violin at Loyola University, a member of the James Carter String Quartet, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston Texas, Penisula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin and a founding member of the Music Alive Ensemble in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Mrs. Thiaville is the former Concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra .

Amy began playing the violin at the age of four. In high school she studied with Daniel Mason, Professor of Violin at University of Kentucky. Ms.Thiaville received her Bachelor of Music degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Professor Vartan Manoogian. She also played in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison Symphony. She then went to Yale University where she earned her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Professor Sydney Harth, and Professor Erick Friedman. While at Yale Mrs. Thiaville was also a member of the New Haven Symphony and studied chamber music with the members of the Tokyo String Quartet. After graduating from Yale, Amy won a job with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra where she was a member for fifteen years. Mrs Thiaville has performed as soloist with the LPO including Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, and Mozart Symphonie Concertante.Amy has also been active with master classes and solo recitals at various universities and cities throughout the United States.

Ms. Thiaville has been on the Loyola faculty since 2006 and lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children.