Emily – Violin/Viola
Year Joined: 2012


I started playing violin at the age of 7 and have played in community orchestras since middle school, no matter where my education or career took me. It’s a journey that has included five different orchestras in four different states, as well as performances with great classical musicians, folk bands and even the British rock group The Alan Parson’s Project. Recently, when EMSO needed more viola players, I took the opportunity to learn to play; finally saving the poor viola that had spent years languishing in my closet. In my spare time you can find me living life to the fullest, whether that’s walking through the woods with my husband and dog or stretching my creative muscles on projects that range from woodworking to quilting.

Richard – Cello
Year Joined: 2010

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EMSO is a marvelous community orchestra that features artistic collaborations with a number of Twin City organizations. Although my performance experience over the years has been in percussion, playing in a variety of wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, pit bands, (even RnR bands but don’t tell!), playing cello with this organization is the most satisfying and rewarding of my musical experiences. I graduated in music from Northern Illinois and West Virgina universities, was married 33 years, am originally from Illinois, and enjoy time with my adult children, restaurant adventures, BBQs, and music performances of any style.