Meet Mr. Amato
Joe Amato grew up in Lockport, IL, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education at Eastern Illinois University in 2011, graduating Summa Cum Laude with University Honors and Departmental Honors, and received his Master of Arts in Music Education from EIU in 2018. While at EIU, he was an active stage performer, with credits including I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Various), Hansel and Gretel (Witch), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf), Side by Side by Sondheim (Various), and the Musical Theatre/Opera Ensemble scene programs. In addition to the stage, he performed in the EIU Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus, Camerata Singers, and University Band; and was a Concerto Competition winner in 2012. Mr. Amato began teaching in Shelbyville in 2014, where he now teaches the Moulton Middle School Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, 4th Grade General Music and 5th Grade General Music, as well as directing the Spring Musical and assistant directing the Fall Play. Mr. Amato holds memberships in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and the National Association for Music Education, and is currently serving as the ILMEA District 5 Vocal Jazz Representative.