Cellist Emma Hays Johnson currently resides near the D.C. and Baltimore areas after recently finishing her second master's degree under the tutelage of Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She maintains a private cello studio and performs regularly with her two trios, the Milo Trio and the Iter Trio.
As a teacher, I believe it is my job to inspire. My definition of inspiration embodies respect, creativity, enlightenment and passion which I strive to ingrain in my students. I find that high expectations instill a sense of discipline and artistry that help to achieve these characteristics. While it is important to incorporate honesty in teaching, I have found ways of being critical which spark a desire to be outstanding. I also challenge my students to experiment with their own ideas in the practice room. This not only encourages them to become critical listeners and efficient players, but additionally helps them strengthen their unique artistic voice.
The performances I find to be the most captivating are the ones where performers create an atmosphere in which the listeners feel comfortable drifting away from reality for a little while. It is my belief that the creative mind necessary to provide this type of atmosphere is gained from the experiences the performer has had. Experiences provide the element of imagination needed from the performer to generate an open space for the listener to contemplate within. The relationships that I have with people, nature, culture, and art are the kind of experiences that allow me to communicate with listeners through music. It is through this life philosophy that I feel I can find the balance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit and share my world with audiences.