French Horn Lessons
- Qualifications: BMus (hons)
- Pricing: $80 per hour
- Suitability: All levels and ages are welcome
Emma is honoured to be the principal horn of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Before moving to back to the mainland in 2020 Emma was the was principal third horn of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a position she enjoyed for over ten years.
A proud Kiwi, Emma started her musical life in Timaru playing tenor horn in the Waimataitai school brass band.
After moving to Wellington to study music Emma made the shift to the French horn with the generous guidance of her teacher Heather Thompson.
After graduating with first class honours in French horn performance Emma was thrilled to be accepted into the Banff Music Festival orchestral programme and then for further study in Toronto with Joan Watson. Emma was also a Winston Churchill Fellow and spent extensive time in Berlin studying with members of the Berlin Philharmonic horn section.
Emma has enjoyed performing in a variety of orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony orchestras.
Emma has also appeared as a soloist with many ensembles including the Auckland Philharmonia. Her favourite performance was with the APO playing The Titanic Theme complete with a disco ball.
Career highlights include performing with Olivia Newton John, Burt Bacharach, Hans Zimmer, Michael Bolton, Diana Krall, Kenny Rogers and Neil Finn.
Music is and always should be fun.
I believe that learning a musical instrument is a great way to build confidence, resilience, perseverance and connection.
I love supporting students to find their way of learning and strongly believe that awesome horn technique can be learned while working on music the students enjoy.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of exams.
I do believe in goals though so love to encourage my students to work towards a house concert at their house at the end of the year showcasing what they have been working on during the year. I love seeing what the student chooses to play and helping them to organise a fun event for their family and friends.
Chips and dip are a must!