Born with a love for music, Amy Wilkins began piano lessons at the age of three. Both parents also loved music and sang in church choirs. Her dad had a degree in music and was associated with numerous churches during her childhood as a music or band director.
Amy was born and raised in Rockford, and graduated from East High School where she was active playing the viola, a member of the Swing Choir and also was a rehearsal pianist for several musicals. Her family were members of Rockford First Evangelical Free Church, and she was afforded many opportunities during her youth to participate in music competitions, large and small performances, work with the puppets, handbell choir, and holiday performances.
Music has always been a part of Amy’s life and will continue. While studying at Augustana College in the Quad Cities, she had the privilege of singing in Augie Choir (which had daily practices and travelled every spring break). Her emphasis was obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology, while music was her outlet. Amy later went on to earn her master’s degree from SIU – Carbondale in Counseling, and worked for the United Methodist Church on campus as the pianist.