Stephanie A. Emberley
B.M., M.M. Bob Jones University
D.M.A. James Madison University
Stephanie A. Emberley has taught piano at Gordon since 2013. She began her classical piano training at the age of three, giving her first solo recital at the age of fifteen. She has also completed the Intensive Training week with Barbara Lister-sink and hopes to continue towards being certified to teach that technique. Piano professors with whom Ms. Emberley has studied include Lori Piitz, Eric Ruple, George Loring, Jr., David Lehman and Sara Whitehouse.
In both 2008 and 2009, Ms. Emberley won the New Hampshire MTNA Young Artists’ competition and was selected as a finalist in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Ms. Emberley has received numerous scholarships and awards for her performances, including the Waldo and Alice Ayer Music Performance scholarship and the Eubie Blake Performance scholarship. Hearing about these performances, the Harvard Faculty Club invited Ms. Emberley to perform an all-Chopin recital as the highlight of their Christmas Banquet. In 2013, Ms. Emberley was the recipient of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Scholarship as well as the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. The Trust Grant will be used in the coming months for a recording of solo piano music focusing on Russian composers.
Ms. Emberley was invited to present the opening lecture for the Kinderszenen, op. 15 concert at James Madison University. Her continued research on Robert Schumann and his piano music was presented as her doctoral lecture-recital and DMA document. These works explained the connections between literary and musical techniques found within Schumann’s Piano Sonata no. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 11 and extrapolated extra-musical references, particularly in reference to Schumann’s future wife Clara. Ms. Emberley presented this lecture-recital as a guest artist at Keene State College.
Ms. Emberley particularly enjoys organizing and performing concerts that allow for audience interaction. House concerts, school performances, and events such as James Madison University’s Middle School Visit Program allow for this and enhance the audience’s understanding of the music. Many of these concerts have been to raise funds for local organizations and charities, such as the Peterborough Children in the Arts, Rivermeade, the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Pine Hill, Willow Rise, and the Easter Seals.