Emma Schommer is a vocalist, performer, teacher, and songwriter with a passion for exploring and sharing a diverse array of music. She is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with minors in Jazz Studies and Psychology. During her time at UMD, Emma’s vocal training has included jazz, opera, classical/art song, and musical theatre styles. She also plays ukulele and piano, and likes to accompany herself often. During her senior year, Emma was elected as Vocal Representative of the Music Student Association at UMD. In the spring of 2016, she had the opportunity to study music history abroad in Italy, touring several cities in the Northeastern areas of the country. Emma has been involved in several top ensembles at UMD including Jazz Combo I, Vocal Jazz (Lake Effect), Chamber Singers and University Singers. She has also performed as a soloist with Jazz Ensemble I and the UMD Wind Ensemble. Last year, Emma was involved in a free-jazz improvisation based on her original poem, “To Feel”, which she performed with UMD’s Jazz Combo I. She has also had the opportunity with the Lake Effect ensemble to open for Damian McGinty on his Slow Dance Tour in 2018. Through UMD’s University Singers, Emma has had the opportunity to perform with Ethan Bortnick in a televised concert event and has participated in master classes with artists such as Chanticleer. Emma has performed with The Association, a six-piece jazz combo, in cities throughout Minnesota and were recently featured at the Hormel Nature Center holiday show for the second year in a row. In the summer of 2019, she will be recording her first album of original music. Emma now lives in the Twin Cities pursuing her music career through performing, teaching, and collaboration with artists everywhere.
"It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts"