Emily Gilbertson is a pianist, singer, and teacher. She began violin lessons at the age of 4 and classical piano lessons at the age of 5. Most recently she completed her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Jeongwon Ham. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance with a Collaborative Emphasis with Dr. Kent McWilliams. Emily has studied classical voice since the age of 14. In high school she participated in the Colburn Concert Choir and the Colburn Chamber Singers, sang with the SCVA regional honors choir and performed with the Honors Choir Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
At St. Olaf College, Emily was a piano tutor for group piano class where she taught undergraduate students on a 1-1 and 2-1 basis. She performed on the 2018 St. Olaf Piano Tour. In addition to her piano studies Emily was involved in choir and opera at St. Olaf College. She has been a member of the St. Olaf Manitou Singers, the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, the St. Olaf Collegiate Chorale, and the St. Olaf Chamber Singers. She was Marcellina in St. Olaf’s Scenes from the Marriage of Figaro in 2016 and an ensemble member of St. Olaf’s production of Die Fledermaus in 2016 and Ruddigore in 2017. Emily has experience accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs in recitals, lessons, studio class, and juries. Emily also has experience as a church pianist accompanying services and performing with choirs.
During her time in Oklahoma, Emily taught private piano lessons online and in-person. She had several students perform in Zoom recitals and outdoor showcases. In addition to privately teaching piano, Emily was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma in Music Theory where she taught Aural Skills classes to undergraduate students. Emily enjoys presenting at national conferences. She was accepted to present at MTNA 2020 and completed a poster session for MTNA 2021. Recently she has been selected to perform piano in the Classical Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.