Amy Thiaville


Instrument: Violin

Originally from: Lexington, KY

Now reside in: New Orleans, LA

Birthday: September 16

How did you get started playing an instrument?

My mom told me I was going to study violin at the age of 4. I hated it for 7 years until I got into CKYO (Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra). Then I really started loving it and realized my calling in life. I’ve wanted to be a musician since I was 11. I am so grateful to my parents for making me stick with it!!

How long have you performed with ROCO?  

Off and on since Season Number 1.

What do you do musically when you’re not playing with ROCO?

I teach violin at Loyola University New Orleans and play in the James Carter String Quartet which is made up of the other string teachers at Loyola. I am also one of the founding members of Music Alive Ensemble in New Orleans.

What are you listening to on your IPHONE/mobile music device?  

I’m in the car ALOT with three children, playing taxi. So I listen to lots of Joni Mitchell, Stephanie Jordan, some rap and r&b, lost of jazz and lots of classical.

Interests outside music:

My outside interests usually involve spending time with my family (three children and husband). I spend the few minutes that I have to myself working out. It keeps me grounded. I also like to read when I can find the time.

What makes ROCO special to you? 

ROCO saved me after Katrina. It made me feel like I could find one thing that was almost normal in my life when nothing else was.

What makes Houston unique and inspiring for you? 

Houston reminds me a lot of New Orleans. I just really love coming to play with great musicians from all over and making beautiful music. The food is pretty amazing too.


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 .