Emma Vachon-Tweney has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Honours in music performance at the University of Toronto; studying under the direction of viola professor Katharine Rapoport as well as under violinist Etsuko Kimura; who is Assistant Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During her time at the University she was awarded four consecutive years of the Barry White String Scholarship and has been twice the recipient of the Foote String Scholarship. She was also Principal Viola for her fourth year with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Emma has attended many summer music festivals including the National Academy Orchestra (Boris Brott Music Festival), Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Summer Music Festival.
This year Emma regularly plays viola with the Sudbury Symphony, the Boris Brott Orchestra, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Masterworks of Oakville, Counterpoint Orchestra, Peterbourough Symphony, Orchestra Toronto and the North Bay Symphony. She has played violin solos with the Counterpoint Orchestra in Toronto. In addition to her orchestral experience, Emma currently plays with two of her own chamber ensembles for various weddings and corporate functions in the city of Toronto. Emma has also played solo recitals in St James Cathedral, Music Gallery of Toronto, Victoria Chapel and Walter Hall.
Hobbies: Painting, Movies, Trivia, Video Games, Travel, Camping, Biking, Volleyball.
Musical Influences: Beethoven.
Favourite Food: Curry
Least Favourite Food: Anything pickled except pickles (especially pickled eggs!)
Favourite Music: Classical
Favourite Song: Vaughan Williams Symphony 4
Favourite Movie: American Beauty
Favourite Movie Music: Anything by John Williams.
Favourite Musical Theatre: Wicked
Favourite Opera: Don Giovanni
Best Quote from a Teacher: “Fake It til you Make It”
Favourite Quote: “Treat people as you would like to be treated.”
Favourite Book: “It” by Stephen King.
Best thing about working at ABC: Friendly and welcoming staff and atmosphere.