Emily has enjoyed learning music and performing from a young age, starting with violin under the guidance of Mr Matthews Tyson as part of the St Cecilia School of Music in Launceston. Emily completed undergraduate studies as an Occupational Therapist in Adelaide and has enjoyed working in various parts of Australia. During her travels, Emily was a member of a number of folk music groups where she thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of improvisation on the violin.
Upon returning to Tasmania in 2007, she fulfilled a long term dream of learning the harp, under the tutelage of Christina Baehr (nee Sonnemann). Emily’s studies have been largely self directed since that time due to limited access to harp tutors in Tasmania, though she has enjoyed guidance from a number of harpists from the world stage including Michael Jefferies (former Principal Harpist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Gabriella dall’Olio (Head of Harp Studies, Trinity College London), Lynne Aspnes (Professor Emeritus of Harp at the University of Michigan), Katryna Tan (Singapore Harp Performer and Educator), and Deborah Henson-Conant (GRAMMY Nominated recording artist and world renowned electric harpist). Emily continues to enjoy lessons with Christina Baehr over skype as time allows.
Emily is continuing her work as an Occupational Therapist and also enjoys teaching the harp, while devoting most of her time and energy to her young family. Emily is delighted to be playing the harp and violin for the Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra.