Amanda Li, D.M.

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities and Voice
Email Address
(620) 229-6302

Amanda Li is an Assistant Professor of Music, and the Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Southwestern College. She began in Aug. of 2019, and instructs cappella choir, SC Singers, and private voice lessons.

Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Amanda Li has taught voice in Hong Kong and Britain as well as the United States, where she is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

Li performs regularly as an operatic soprano and recitalist both in Asia and in the States. She made her operatic debut in 2017 as Bao Chai in the Asian premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, co-produced by San Francisco Opera and Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2018, Li created the role of Ma’am in Eli Marshall’s Mila, a chamber opera commissioned by Asia Society Hong Kong. She sang the same role in the opera’s North American debut (San Francisco and New York) in December 2019.

Academic History 

  • DMus (Vocal Performance), Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • MMus (Performance Studies), Royal Holloway, University of London
  • PGDip (Vocal Performance), Royal Northern College of Music

Lecture/Speaking Engagement Topics

Li is available to speak on:

  • Vocal Music
  • Song Cycles
  • Gender Issues in Vocal Performance
  • Music Recording Analysis


She lives with her spouse, Whit Emerson, and their black cat, Sesame, whom they adopted here in Winfield. In her spare time, she crochets and cooks. Nothing can come between her and watching the Wimbledon Finals or Wagnerian Operas. 

Amanda Li, D.M.
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