Amy Branahl Graduated from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with a BME and MME degrees in Choral Music Education (Voice/Piano). She has also taken the intensive Choral Conducting Symposium at Westminster Choir College where she worked with world renown conductors such as Kansas City/Phoenix Chorale conductor Charles Bruffy, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.
An avid arranger, she started arranging music when she was a member of the Rip Chords an all girls’ a cappella group at the University of Illinois. She founded three a cappella groups: Echo Effect, High Fidelity, and Guys & Dolls which have received many awards such as Best Arranger, Best Choreography, and Best Vocal Percussionist at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School (ICHSA) A cappella Semifinals and Finals in New York City.
Branahl is an alumna of ABC bootcamp and is the high school liason for Singstrong Chicago conference being held in April 2014.
Currently, she is in her 7th year of teaching at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. Prior to coming to Niles West Branahl taught at London Middle School in CCSD 21 for four years.