Laken Emerson is a flutist, writer, and Oklahoma native. A graduate from the University of Arkansas – Ft Smith, Emerson is currently studying flute performance at Wright State University with Dr. Christopher Chaffee, drinking too much coffee, and playing etudes for her cat and the strays outside her living room window.
An avid performer and researcher, Emerson has been hailed as “very talented, I think,” by her mother, who added, “I don’t know a lot about what she does.” Previously, she studied with Ginny Hudson and Cobus Du Toit, and performed in masterclasses with Leone Buyse, Christina Jennings, Lisa Garner Santa, Marie Tachouet, and John Barcelona. She has performed principal flute and piccolo with the UAFS Symphonic Band and Rocky Ridge Music Center Young Adult Seminar Orchestra; flute, alto, and bass with the UAFS Flute Choir; flute with the UAFS Jazz Band, Jazz Catz, and Chorale; piccolo with the WSU Chamber Orchestra; and flute with the WSU Wind Symphony. After undergrad, Emerson served the 2016-17 season as Communications Intern for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in Boulder, Colorado.
Along with musical pursuits, Emerson is also a poet and essayist with work published in The Flute View, Fourth & Sycamore, Applause, and 3Elements Review; presentations at the Great Plains Honors Council and PCA/ACA; and performances at the Great Plains Honors Council, College Music Society conference with the UAFS Symphonic Band, and National Flute Association with the WSU Flute Choir. Emerson believes in nurturing the whole artist, and this blog serves as an honest account of just that: Relocating three times in the last year, she has struggled with community while also finding it in unexpected places. Filled with performance reviews, practice notes, and stories of exploring a new city (while longing for the old ones), this blog is just as much a telling of graduate music study as it is a search for creativity outside the practice room.
Emerson lives in Fairborn, Ohio, with her cat, Dr. Isobel (Izzy) Stevens.