Flutist Emma Pease-Byron has been teaching and performing in the Las Vegas area for ten years. Recently Emma could be heard on the Las Vegas Strip with Disney’s The Lion King and the Streetmosphere opera program at the Venetian Casino. In 2009 she was awarded first place in the Arizona Flute Society’s Competition, Adult Division and in 2007, while serving as the ensemble’s principal flutist, she was the featured soloist on the Henderson Symphony Orchestra’s Mostly Mozart Concert with Mozart’s Concerto in G Major. In the last nine years, Emma has performed as a guest artist in both Washington and Nevada in various festivals and events such as Central Washington University’s Flute Fete and The Las Vegas Music Festival.
In 2010 Emma and flutist Clare Birmingham formed Duo Bel Vento, an ensemble that can be heard as concert performers and special event entertainers throughout the Vegas Valley. In the summer of 2012, Duo Bel Vento was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Grant for the commission of a new work, Wild Beasts, by Las Vegas composer Diego Vega. They will premiere this piece at the National Flute Association’s 40th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
For Emma, teaching and performing are two sides of the same coin and she maintains an active private studio of beginning students, starting at age 3, though advanced high school students and amateur adults. In 2010 she became a certified Suzuki teacher and her personal teaching philosophy embraces the Suzuki method awareness that music is a means to developing “a beautiful heart and a noble spirit.” She is very proud of her students and loves watching them grow into more confident, disciplined people as they realize a high level of ability.
Emma supports her local music community through her involvement with the Las Vegas Flute Club. Currently Secretary, Emma has held the positions of President (2006-2008) and Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator. In 2012 she help found and spearheaded the Scholarship Program which provides quality instruction to Clark County School District middle and high school band students who would not typically have access to private lessons due to financial hardship.
Emma received a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s of Wind Performance from Central Washington University. Her instructors include Richard Soule (Las Vegas Philharmonic), Hal Ott (Central Washington University) and Sara Bassingthwaite (Seattle, WA). She has had the privilege to work with Amy Porter (University of Michigan), Rene Seibert (New York Philharmonic), Brian Luce (University of Arizona), John Barcelona (California State University, Long Beach), George Pope (University of Akron) and Paul Taub (Cornish College of the Arts).
If you are interested in booking Emma or Duo Bel Vento for a performance, or interested in scheduling a free trial lesson please visit www.emmapeasebyron.com.