Composer/Lyricist

Amy Engelhardt was recently honored by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) with the Dottie Burman Award for Songwriting, and was one of 10 Semi-Finalists for the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for musical theatre composer/lyricists.

For 14 years, Amy was the sole female member of, and a primary writer/arranger for Grammy-nominated vocal "band without instruments," The Bobs, winning numerous ASCAP awards for her writing, arranging and vocal work on their CDs and DVDs. With The Bobs, she performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to Los Angeles to Lichtenstein in concerts and vocal, folk and jazz festivals, and co-created RHAPSODY IN BOB, Gershwin's concerto arranged for piano and vocal orchestra (The Bobs), with Bob Malone of the John Fogerty Band. The show premiered at Wolf Trap.


For the musical theater, Amy's first score, BASTARD JONES (co-lyricist/librettist Marc Acito - Broadway's ALLEGIANCE), was a top 10 Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals and the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. The show's lab in New York was directed by Danny Goldstein (GODSPELL); a production is being planned for 2016. Its developmental workshop at Millikin University was funded with a NAMT Writers' Residency Grant. Selections from the score have been featured in MUSIC BOX: A Celebration of Lady Composers (New York Musical Theater Festival), Lady and the Vamp (Laurie Beechman Theatre), the Festival of New American Musicals' MusiCal (Rockwell Hollywood) and the Phoenix Theatre's Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays & Musicals. 

Amy also wrote lyrics/vocal arrangements for TESLA (book by Marc Acito, music by James Beaton). A developmental reading was produced in NYC by the New Musical Foundation, partially funded by a NAMT grant.

Amy wrote lyrics for commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan's CONTACT with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos (2009 Best New Play, Theater Puget Sound) NICHOLAS NICKLEBY with electric violinist Eyvind Kang, and music and lyrics for the Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers collaboration, A COMEDY OF ERAS at ACT Seattle. 

She has contributed incidental music and/or special musical material for MOTHER, MAY I at Baltimore's Strand Theater (dir. Rain Pryor), HOLLYWOOD NURSES (Chip Deffaa Festival, NYC), THAT SINKING FEELING and THE DOG AND PONY SHOW (Free Associates, Chicago), THE EGG GAME (Present Company, NYC), THE NEW NORMAL (John Raitt Theater, Hollywood) and THE PEZ SHOW (Hollywood/NYC/Rooftop Comedy online). A creative consultant on Ashley Brown’s (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) PBS concert special CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE (2011 Telly Award for Outstanding PBS Programming), Amy was also Musical Director/Arranger for the world premiere of multiple MAC-Award winner Terese Genecco's DRUNK WITH LOVE: A Tribute to Frances Faye at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater. 

Amy is the creator, director and Artistic Producer of TUNE IN TIMENew York City's Musical Theater Game Show, which premiered at Stage72 before moving to the York Theater Company in fall 2014.  

Amy’s solo CD, NOT GONNA BE PRETTY, hailed as the "unlikely marriage of Nellie McKay and Meat Loaf," was nominated for two Just Plain Folks Music Awards--"The Grassroots Grammys" according to the LA Times. Her take on the Virgin Mary's unique December predicament (also a Doctor Demento favorite), featured on Harry Shearer and Judith Owen's EP, CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS, was recently called "one of the funniest Christmas songs of all time" (KQED, San Francisco).

As a singer/songwriter, Amy has appeared in New York at venues including the Duplex (three BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award Nominations), Don't Tell Mama, The Salon, City Winery, Iridium, Cafe Iguana, Caffe Vivaldi, TALE, WORD, Cast Party at Birdland, Uptown Cabaret and BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House, and in LA at Los Angeles Women in Music, M-Bar Hollywood, SongsAlive, Kulak's, Largo at the Coronet, Paul Provenza's SATIRISTAS!, Songwriters' Square, Witz End, Tasty Words, Muse Salon, Women Who Write, The Talking Stick and Rockwell Table & Stage.

Amy is a graduate of Syracuse University and Berklee College of Music, and an honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir. She co-runs the Los Angeles Berklee Songwriters Workshop.