Amado is a semi-regular behind the keys here at SAK, where he has aspired to play like Steve
Merritt and Anthony Riley since the summer of 2012. He was in the first SAK training class
with Jay Hopkins and John Hunter, but never made it on stage with “The Next Generation”
(which could be why he plays, but doesn’t “play”). When he’s not SAK-king it, he works with
the Opera Orlando youth program, teaches at the Florida Hospital School of Arts and Wellness at
the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts and plays class for Orlando Ballet, Parkinson’s
Dance and the Rollins College Ballet, Modern and Tap programs. He was a music director for
Menopause the Musical and he’s music directed shows at Orlando Repertory Theatre, IceHouse
Theatre in Mt. Dora and the Jewish Community Center. He teaches piano at Music & Arts in
Sanford and teaches an occasional class for the Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning. He is the
youth director and associate worship leader at Fellowship Church in Winter Springs.
Hometown: Newport, RI
Spirit Animal: A lion (see Rev. 5:4-5), but sometimes a dumb ass (see Num. 22:28-30 and II Pet.2:16 KJV)
Comedic Inspiration: Grew up listening to Tom Lehrer and the Smothers Brothers, but is in awe of SAK’s own Wayne Brady’s improvisational comedic prowess.
Random Fact: Looks for the good in others and, whenever possible, seeks to help them achieve their full potential.
Words of Wisdom: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." -- Jim Elliot