Amy Frost Baumgarten was appointed principal cellist the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 2000, and has garnered praise there for "lovely solo turns from the cello” (Tim Page, Washington Post). She has been a featured soloist with the orchestra, and is also active in chamber music and teaching. Currently on the faculty of the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at Catholic University of America in Washington DC, she previously taught at Hartt School of Music, Wesleyan University, and the San Francisco Community Music School. As a faculty member at Eastern Music Festival for more than two decades, Ms Baumgarten has performed in highly acclaimed chamber recitals broadcast by National Public Radio. She has played with ensembles across the country such as the conductor-less New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco; Colorado Chamber Players; and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms Baumgarten studied with Orlando Cole, Burton Kaplan, and Aldo Parisot. As a graduate student at Yale School of Music, she was a teaching assistant, and performed on two Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos CDs. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, flutist Jonathan Baumgarten, and their daughter Sarah, a singer-songwriter.