Emily Elkins has played the Flute for the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She started playing the piano when she was 6 and the flute at 12. Emily played music throughout high school and started teaching flute lessons in 9th grade. She continued to study music in college playing in the SEK Symphony and Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble. Emily received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance for Flute; she then moved back to Bartlesville and began teaching flute lessons again.
Emily loves getting to play such a variety of music with a group of people who really care about playing it right. She says, “It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve met a bunch of people I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. Symphony concerts are really not what you would expect because we don’t just play classical music. The orchestra brings in a lot of really talented guest artists and there are some unique shows that most everyone will like. You can’t top the experience of hearing orchestral music in person either, because it is so much better than listening to it on CD, mp3, etc. I challenge people who haven’t come to a concert to take a shot and see what they’re missing.” Some of her favorite orchestra pieces include, The Planets, op. 32 by Gustav Holst; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and anything by Mozart.