Amy Lachance Christman

Organization: ACES Educational Center for the Arts Music Department Chair & Juilliard K-12 Music Curriculum Specialist
Title: Music Educator, Pianist, Choral Conductor
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 1997
Musical Studies: Education, Piano
Musical Specialties: Education, Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Education, Leadership
Quote: “”The opportunity to be part of the inaugural ALP cohort allowed me to envision possibilities for my career I would not have otherwise entertained. I witnessed ESM leadership venturing forward to stay on the cutting edge of education, taking risks to create programs to serve the needs of students as we embarked on post-graduate careers in a rapidly changing world. Wrestling with how to prepare us for an unpredictable landscape for the performing arts, we were encouraged to connect people and ideas, to consider the role of artist in society, to breakdown perceived barriers, and to take the initiative to create opportunities. I am constantly reminded of these lessons and grateful for the insight and initiative of ESM leaders.””


Music educator, choral conductor, and pianist Amy Lachance Christman is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of arts education. Amy is the Music Department Chair at the ACES Educational Center for the Arts, an inter-district magnet high school for the fine and performing arts in New Haven, CT, and a K-12 Music Curriculum Specialist for The Juilliard School. Amy has extended this work as guest lecturer for the New Haven Symphony (2016-2020), Presenter at the 2019 CMEA Conference, and Co-Chair of the 2022 & 2023 CT All-State Treble Choir. Amy has been recognized as a 2022 Fund for Teachers fellowship recipient, CT District Teacher of the Year in 2005 & 2022, and CT 2023 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist. She holds a MA in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College Columbia University, MA in Educational Leadership from Quinnipiac University, and a BME from the Eastman School of Music.