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Emma J.


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Cello: All ages, Beginner through Advanced/Professional

Emma currently resides in in the D.C. area after recently finishing her second master's degree under the tutelage of Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In addition to freelancing, Emma has been a member of several notable orchestras including the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Her most recent performances include solo and chamber recitals and tours in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and the Carolinas as well as France and Sri Lanka. As a chamber musician, she has worked alongside Xiao-Dong Wang, Hye-Jin Kim, Ara Gregorian, Colin Carr, Emanuel Gruber, and Raman Ramakrishnan. Prior to her engagements in Massachusetts, she held the position of adjunct professor at Beaufort County Community College in North Carolina while maintaining a private studio and freelancing. Emma studied at Converse College and George Mason University under the tutelage of Kenneth Law, and she graduated with her first Master’s Degree from East Carolina University under the instruction of Emanuel Gruber.

Two essential traits that musicians forever seek out are inspiration and self-motivation. As a teacher, it is my job to inspire through cultivating respect, creativity, and passion in my students. While I provide the appropriate technical tools and musical insight for my students to become proficient cellists, I also challenge them to experiment with their own ideas in the practice room. This not only encourages them to become critical listeners and efficient players, but additionally helps them strengthen their unique artistic voice.

To be competitive in the field of music, discipline is necessary. Honest criticism from the teacher helps to create the self-discipline which compels a student to strive for improvement, even if at times that criticism is difficult to accept. Critical feedback is a key process in developing our craft and encourages students to continue realizing their potential. Through a combination of structure, confidence building, and positive reinforcement, students learn to self-motivate. By complementing a demanding set of goals with a positive atmosphere I am able to create a successful learning environment.
Most importantly, Emma is very enthusiastic about fostering a sense of community among the students and colleagues with whom she works. She prioritize respect and hard work while emphasizes the importance of diversity and compassion. The best way to fully nurture this sense of community is being easily accessible and approachable. She believes community is one of the most rewarding benefits a musician encounters in their profession. Along with this, Emma promises to give students the best support and opportunities that she can provide them.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate String Quartet Fellow Instructors Assistant Professor ~ East Carolina University MM Cello Performance ~ George Mason University BM Cello Performance & Music Theory

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