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Emma Goldberg

Emma Goldberg is a double bassist from Binghamton, New York, who has been playing since the age of nine. She is currently a Senior at the Eastman School of Music, studying Double Bass Performance under the tutelage of James VanDemark, and Music Education. Prior to her time at The Eastman School, she studied with Dr. Spencer Phillips. Emma currently performs with the Eastman Philharmonia, and has also played in concert with Tony Award Winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, the Syracuse Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Grassroots Festival Orchestra. She also has extensive opera experience, having performed with the Binghamton Opera Workshop, the Eastman Opera Theatre, and the Rochester Summer Opera. Other honors include being selected to perform in the Collegiate Double Bass Masterclass at the American String Teachers Association National Conference this year. Previously, Emma attended Eastern Music Festival, where she was principal bassist and participated in the String Leadership Program. This summer, she looks forward to not only participating in AIMS Graz, but also the Prague Summer Nights Festival. Outside of performing, Emma has been an instructor at ROCmusic Collaborative, an El-Sistema USA program in Rochester that provides tuition-free music classes for students in the City School District, for two years. There, she has taught musicianship, repertoire, and technique classes to students of all ages and abilities. Driven by her own experiences, Emma is particularly passionate about disability advocacy and inclusion in professional and educational artistic settings, and aims to encourage a more open dialogue about accommodation and advocacy for disabled musicians. She is the current President and founder of the newly-formed “Eastman Disability Alliance” at the Eastman School.