Emma Plehal is the principal bassoonist of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra and a substitute musician (bassoon and contrabassoon) for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Mankato Symphony Orchestra. This is her fourth season playing with Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Recently, Emma has been a guest artist and educator for programs at Bemidji State University, Saint Cloud State University, Bethel University and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. A native of the Washington D.C metropolitan area, she previously held a private studio in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she taught bassoon lessons and worked with area schools as a woodwind instructor and substitute music teacher.
Active both in performance and in arts administration, Emma is currently the Public Relations Writer and Coordinator for the Minnesota Orchestra. Prior to this position, she worked as the Music Librarian and Publications Editor for Madeline Island Music Camp and served as a mentor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony.
Emma completed her undergraduate degree at Furman University and her master’s degree in music performance at the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is a candidate for a Doctor Of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, studying with Minnesota Orchestra bassoonist Norbert Nielubowski. Her primary teachers have also included Charles Ullery, Ann Shoemaker, and Ryan Romine.