Amy Lindstrom
Passion and Dedication in Music

Amy Lindstrom, a seasoned violinist and accomplished arts administrator, has woven her life around the strings of her violin and the administrative side of the musical arts. With nearly three decades as a professional violinist, and with her hands on a violin since age 9, Amy’s journey is one of dedication and evolution, all supporting her passion. 

A Musical Career

Amy’s career began when she started teaching private violin lessons while still a high school student herself (at Rochester’s own John Marshall High School). She pursued a degree in music, played in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and served as concertmaster of her college orchestra. After she graduated, Amy returned to Rochester, expecting private teaching would be her profession. She soon found that while she loved some aspects of teaching, her passion was in performance. Amy reduced her teaching load, took a position as a business administrator with the Rochester Symphony and proceeded to delicately balance teaching, administration and performance. This recalibration allowed her to say “yes!” to as many performances as possible.

Campion String Quartet

Today Amy’s work as a violinist remains an intentional part of her career. Amy is a contracted musician with the Rochester Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa and La Crosse Symphony in Wisconsin. She is the first violinist and manager of Campion String Quartet, can frequently be found playing at churches and community events as a freelance violinist and serves as the president/CEO of the Rochester Symphony. Arts administration is her full-time day job, which she balances with her work as a violinist, creating a fulfilling career.

Music and Life

As both her profession and creative outlet, music takes up much of Amy’s time and energy. Despite occasional challenges, such as traveling for rehearsals or grappling with the pursuit of perfection in practice, Amy feels fortunate. She says, “When everything comes together in a vibrant performance–even if it’s not quite perfect–I love that the people surrounding me on stage and in the audience have shared that moment together.”  

For Amy, the essence of music lies in collaboration and shared responsibility within an ensemble. She relishes the teamwork involved, emphasizing the importance of every member’s contribution. “Every part is important, but no one person carries the full weight of responsibility either. Everyone contributes to everyone else’s success,” she says. 

For further inspiration, Amy looks to Beethoven, whom she cites as one of the undisputed greatest composers of music of all time. Beethoven said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable.” Amy adds her perspective, “Recording music is great, and seeking perfection in that is important. But especially for live performance, human connection through the music makes music worthwhile. Practicing the details should get you past the worry about the notes themselves so that you can communicate the phrasing and emotion within the music.” 

Advice

Reflecting on what she has learned through her career, Amy credits hard work and dedication, not simply talent. Her advice, not just for the musically inclined but for anyone aspiring to success, is rooted in the acknowledgment that talent alone is insufficient. “Whatever your dream of success is, whether it’s music or something else, assume there’s no shortcuts and go for it knowing that anything worth succeeding at is worth putting work into,” she says. ::

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Erin is a freelance writer living in Rochester. She encourages everyone to celebrate the positive and share the good.

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