Emily Jumes Oskins, harpist
Emily started playing the harp and piano at an early age, and has continued with her harp endeavors for over 15 years. While still very young Emily began playing in an ensemble along with her siblings and was introduced to public performance settings as well as musical arrangement and improvisation. She has studied under various instructors, including students of internationally acclaimed harpists: Marcel Granjany, Carlos Salzedo, and Lucille Lawrence. She has been trained in both of the major schools of harp and has been able to develop a unique playing style that is majorly influenced by the arts community of classic Fredericksburg Texas.
Emily has worked as a private harp instructor for over seven years, and has extensive experience playing in both orchestras and ensembles, as well as performing solo: wedding ceremonies, live entertainment, and background music at various events. She has also taught basic music appreciation and theory to young children, and ministered to the elderly using harp.
Emily is an active composer and improvisor, with the purpose of contributing to the world of life-giving literature for harp, which is sadly lacking. Musical ingenuity was a common trait among the pioneers of classical music and the modern schools of harp, but the creation of life-giving music is none too common today. Emily endeavors to be a part of the revival, to carry on and develop this tradition. She looks forward to releasing her debut album of original compositions, and hopes to inspire other harp enthusiasts as well.
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