Amanda Howard-Phillips joined the Spokane Symphony in 2003, and was awarded the position of principal second violin in 2008. Originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington, Amanda began violin lessons at four years old, and made her solo debut with the Bainbridge Orchestra at age eleven. Amanda received her master's degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her bachelor's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Camilla Wicks. She has studied chamber music with many prominent chamber musicians, including Mark Sokol, Peter Salaff (of the Cleveland Quartet), the Cavani Quartet, Paul Hersh, Ian Swensen, Bonnie Hampton, and Clive Greensmith (of the Tokyo Quartet).
Amanda Howard-Phillips has been awarded fellowships to study at the National Repertory Orchestra and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and was awarded first prize in the Pacific Chamber Symphony Concerto Competition in San Francisco, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Amanda teaches violin at Gonzaga University and plays second violin with the Spokane String Quartet. During the summer, she performs with the Oregon Coast Music Festival. In 2009, Amanda married Spokane Symphony principal clarinetist Chip Phillips. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling, especially to the mountains, National Parks and the Oregon Coast. They welcomed their first child, David, in May of 2014.