Amy discovered music at the age of 4 when she memorized the entire soundtrack to Peter Pan and would perform for her parent’s guests. She began to learn piano at the age of 5, flute at 9, guitar at 13 and piccolo at 15, which is also the age she wrote her first song. In high school, she traveled to Manhattan on Saturdays to study flute and voice at the precollege at Juilliard in Manhattan and in college minored in music at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. She met her husband, Phil, in high school band.
Her major in college was Theater Arts. Amy Syd’s interest in theater started young as well, when she decided she wanted to be the next Julie Andrews. She was in her first play at the age of 7, started drama classes at 10 and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York at 15.
Amy came back to songwriting in her 30s when her children were small and she volunteered to visit classrooms at the local elementary school dressed in costume and singing songs about numbers. Soon she was writing songs about her own journey toward self-actualization. When her husband wanted to buy a motorboat, they made a deal: he could buy the boat if she could produce a CD. Subsequently, her CD, Inner Landscape, was released in 1999. Her second CD, An Armful of Flowers, was released in 2006. This one was motivated by close family and friends suffering the loss of loved ones. It was Amy’s quest to understand how people go on after such setbacks.
More recently, Amy was very proud to sing her original song “I Promise to Love Thee” at her daughter’s wedding in 2012. Since then, she’s had several articles published both online and in the local newspaper. And she self-published her first book, Stabbed With a Pretzel in 2013 – a book of poems and lyrics.
Amy adores teaching piano to children ages 6 to 18, and before the pandemic she was also coaching singing, drama and speech. Her newest venture is the creation of her first children’s picture book, “Tessa and the Tease”, a story about a young 3rd grader trying to get another student to stop teasing her in school. She solves that problem on her own in a very uplifting and enlightening way. Look for it both online and in bookstores by Fall 2021.