Amy Collyer-Holmes, a cellist originally from Toronto, has made Newfoundland her home since 2016. A Tuckamore Young Artist Program alumna, she performs regularly with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon, the Strong Harbour Strings Collective, and is a founding member of both Lady Lupin and the Harbourlight Piano Quartet.

Amy received her Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University studying with Wolf Tormann, and completed her Master of Music in Cello Performance & Pedagogy at Memorial University under the direction of Vernon Regehr.

Since graduating from MUN in 2018, Amy has built her career in Newfoundland as a freelance cellist, working as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator. She is passionate about music education and currently has 30 private cello students; she also teaches group and private lessons for Strong Harbour Strings Program, and for the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP), where she is the Artistic Director.

Fun Facts About Amy

When did you join the NSO?


Who inspired you to learn how to play?

A childhood friend who started playing cello a year before me

What’s your favourite piece of classical/orchestral music?

Symphonie Fantastique – Berlioz

If you could pick one artist to collaborate with, who would it be?

The Goat Rodeo

What other non-musical creative outlets do you have?

Renovating my house