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Amanda was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and started to study music at the age of nine. She has studied various instruments and gained proficiency with guitar, mandolin, vihuela, and requinto primarily under the direction of her father, Lawrence Quintana. She studied vocal pedagogy, choral and opera studio with Cora Harms, and Professors Robert Smith, John Clark, and Marilyn Tyler. Amanda has provided entertainment for dignitaries ranging from New Mexico governors to the King and Queen of Spain. She has also delighted crowds at celebrations such as the Santa Fe Fiesta, the New Mexico State Fair, Spanish Market, as well as several different private functions such as weddings, birthdays and graduations.

Over the years, Amanda has toured Spain, Mexico, England, Belgium and France. She had the honor of performing for the aristocratic family of Don Diego de Vargas. She has also represented the city of Santa Fe and the state of New Mexico on several occasions. In August of 1992 at the Sister Cities International Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico she represented Santa Fe as Senorita Santa Fe. In 1993, she held the title of Santa Fe Fiesta Queen, and served as a cultural ambassador for the city of Santa Fe.

Amanda is a graduate from Santa Fe High School. In December 1996 she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Communications with a minor in Music. She has taken part in the UNM Opera program, UNM's Concert Choir, and select Chamber Ensemble. Amanda has also been a member of the Zarzuela de Alburquerque as a lead vocalist and actress.

Amanda has two solo albums to her credit, Eternamente and Celebraciones. Amanda's musical repertoire has it's basis in the beautiful songs and ballads reminiscent of the great Trios of old. Her style takes the vibrance of Mariachi and expertly blends it with the refined sound of the Trios. Some of her songs include Solamente Una Vez, Y Andale, La Llorona, El Rey, and many other favorites. Amanda takes pride in singing the songs of her ancestors and is always in search of new jewels in the musical treasure chest of the past.

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