The American soprano, Amy Louise Yekel, received a Bachelor's degree from The University of Akron in Music Performance (2004), studying with Dr. Laurie Lashbrook, a Master's degree in Music Performance at Arizona State University (2006), under the direction of Jerry Doan, where she was a frequent soloist. She is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University in Voice Performance and is a vocal instructor at The University of Akron School of Music. She is also one of four Graduate Teaching Assistants at Arizona State University.
Amy Yekel has won numerous awards and Scholarships including: The Palm Springs Opera Scholarship, The Arizona Lyric Opera Scholarship, The Canton Civic Opera Scholarship, The Akron Symphony Chorus Scholarship, Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship, The McDowell Scholarship, The Mary S. Bower's Scholarship, The John Macdonald Scholarship, The Fairlawn United Church of Christ Scholarship, Tuesday Musical Club Finalists Scholarship, The First Grace United Church of Christ Scholarship, and The University of Akron's Vocal Performance Scholarship.
Other honors and awards include: The University of Akron's Most Outstanding Student Award, and First place in the Advanced Woman's Division, Sophomore Division, and Freshman division at NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). She was First Prize Winner at the 2007 Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Amy Yekel has performed as the guest soloist for Canton Civic Opera's Viva Italia, and in Gammage auditorium for "A Night at the Opera" with conductor Jacob Harrison. She has also sung at the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto Italy, and for Akron's "First Night" program. She has also been featured in several other productions.