In addition to chamber concerts, Emma Hays teaches cello and chamber music at M Institute for the Arts in Washington D.C. She loves teaching partly because it gives her the opportunity to foster growth of a music loving community in a big city, but also because watching her students progress is a constant inspiration. She also freelances and has been a member of several notable orchestras including the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Prior to receiving her second Masters in Music Performance at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst under the tutelage of Edward Arron, she held the position of adjunct professor at Beaufort County Community College in North Carolina.
Emma Hays’ most recent project has been co-founding a chamber music series called “Empath Concerts” with her colleague, violinist Celaya Kirchner. Empath Concerts aims to cultivate open-minded discussions about current and social affairs through music. The format for Empath includes live classical music and thoughtful discussions with performer and audience participation. Concerts are programmed according to social topics that are present in music history as well as current events.
Emma Hays studied at Converse College and George Mason University under the tutelage of Kenneth Law, and she graduated with her first Master’s Degree from East Carolina University under the instruction of Emanuel Gruber. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing, traveling, baking, and running.