Columbus native Emma Peters returns as violin soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Sunday’s performance titled “The Elements Aligned.”
Peters is a 2006 graduate of Columbus North High School. She will be playing on a familiar stage but in a new role. With a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Peters takes the stage as an emerging professional as she says, “performing is a magical experience, energizing with excitement and surprises.”
Peters, by her admission, is even-tempered, disciplined and structured. But her goal is always to find the balance between the structure and preparation with the spirit of the music.
She says about music: “If I am not doing it, I am talking about it.”
After entering college as a double major, she fell out of love with math and quickly cemented her love of music. She never looked back.
She graduated from Butler University in 2010 and completed her master’s degree from the distinguished University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2012. Along the way, she has been side-by-side with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of her high school symphony, performed recitals, in pits, ballet and chamber music.
And she spent a summer at Meadowmount School of Music in New York.
Her mentor, Laura Andrews, said she is beaming with pride and excitement in anticipation of playing along one of her recent protégés. Andrews is a well-established member of both the Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She hopes a younger audience will experience Peters as soloist with the Symphony and be inspired to think, “if Emma can do that, maybe I could do that.”
Peters believes an untold part of performing this weekend with CSO is the simple fact that she is a resident of Columbus, aspiring to do great things.
“I have things in common with the audience,” she said.
She particularly enjoys what the Columbus Symphony has taken on this season with “big musical pieces and with a symphony of mostly unpaid musicians who perform because they love music.”
For Peters, the elements are aligned.
Lloyd Brooks is a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.