- 2016 MTNA Foundation Grant
- 2016 SAA Scholarship
- SAA Conference Nano-presentation “The Pout-Pout Flute”
Flutist Emma Pease-Byron has been teaching and performing in the Las Vegas area for thirteen years. She maintains an active private studio of beginning students, starting at age 3, though advanced high school students and amateur adults. She is a certified Suzuki teacher and her personal teaching philosophy embraces the Suzuki method awareness that music is a means to develop “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.
To support her continued study in this important method Emma was awarded a Music Teacher’s National Assocation Foundation Grant and the Suzuki Associations of the America’s Scholarship to attend the 2016 Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area Summer Flute Institute. In May of 2016 Emma was a presenter in the pedagogy sessions at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. Her presentation, “The Pout-Pout Flute,” used Deborah Diesen’s book The Pout Pout Fish, as an example of how to use images from children’s literature to illustrate complex techniques.
For Emma teaching and performing are two sides of the same coin 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. 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 at various venues 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.
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).
Away from her music, Emma enjoys spending time with her husband, Abe, and daughters, Helen and Lilah.
Student Testimonial: “I was Emma’s student for almost seven years. I played the flute throughout middle school and high school, and thanks to Emma I am still playing in my college band and flute choir. I am currently a student at Central Washington University, Emma’s alma matar. Emma is a great teacher and a magnificent flutist, and I always looked forward to my weekly lessons with her. She was very patient and always inspired me to do my best! Because of Emma, I participated in many Solo and Ensembles and Honor Bands. Her dedication to my progress led me to both the top band and top orchestra at the Las Vegas Academy. She helped me prepare for other successful auditions, including my auditions with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Central Washington University! Music has truly enriched my life…Thank you, Emma!!!” – Matthew Asselin