Emma Votapek, Violin I

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Best part about being an orchestral musician in the HSO?

Bringing the great works of symphonic music to an always appreciative audience, and also getting to interact with the community on a more personal level during our outreach performances.

What was the first piece of music you fell in love with?

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Having grown up when cassettes were still in use, it was the first CD I ever owned.

Work history?

Before joining the HSO, I was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and other orchestras in the region.

What are your activities, hobbies, interests, outside of music?

I’m a sports fanatic (especially when it comes to Michigan State athletics), and I also enjoy hiking and backpacking.

More about Emma Votapek

Emma Noël Votapek has been a member of the 1st violin section of the Hawaii/Honolulu Symphony since 2004. From 2009 to 2014, she also held the position of Assistant Principal 2nd violin in the Tucson Symphony. She has recently appeared as guest concertmaster, principal 2nd violin and principal viola of the Fresno Philharmonic, and continues as the principal 2nd violin of True Concord Voices & Orchestra, a group she has performed with since 2010. An active chamber musician, Emma performs with Ensemble San Francisco, and spent four seasons as the violist of the Kingfisher String Quartet.

In addition to performing, Emma has over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching chamber music, most recently at the Amabile School of Music in San Francisco, and as a visiting assistant professor of violin at the University of Arizona. She has also taught at Punahou, the Sierra Academy of Music (California), and St. Joseph’s School of Music (St. Paul, MN). During the summer, she participates in the Britt Festival and the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival.

Emma received a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Jorja Fleezanis. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University as a student of Sergiu Luca, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics.