Amy Semes, born in Broomall, Pennsylvania, joined the Houston Symphony in 2019 and then began serving as Associate Principal Second in 2020. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New World Symphony. She has also performed as soloist with orchestras all over the world, including the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Macau Youth Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Amy graduated from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in 2019, where she received a Master of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. In 2017, she graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka. At Juilliard, she held a Gluck Community Service fellowship for three years, performing outreach recitals throughout New York City. Before joining the Houston Symphony, she attended numerous summer festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Spoleto Festival USA.