This Sunday afternoon, community members can enjoy a show of Steinway piano and cello classical music as locals Deidre Vaughn Emerson and Melissa Martiros play at the Brentwood Library.
Vaughn Emerson first started playing cello at age 5. She received her Bachelors of Music in cello performance, magna cum laude, at Birmingham Southern College. She received her masters in cello performance at the University of Houston in the studio of Vagram Saradijan, and has studied at a number of music festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Vaughn Emerson has also performed and taught in multiple genres including sacred, symphonic, chamber, modern, country, fiddle, opera, ballet, soundtracks and popular music. She has led many all-state and regional clinics and has taught all ages and levels.
She currently works and lives in Nashville with her husband Matt and their young son, Archer. In Nashville she teaches at a number of schools and teaching studios, and also maintains her own private teaching studio.
She does recording and performance work in the industry, and is involved in many full-time ensembles. She is a board member of the Nashville Composers’ Association, currently the professor of cello and director of orchestra at Tennessee State University, and is a new instructor of cello and string ensemble at Martin Methodist College.
Martiros currently holds the position of assistant professor and program coordinator of music at Martin Methodist College where she also serves as the founder and director of the CWN Community Arts Academy. Prior to her work at Martin, she served on the faculties of Silver Lake College, the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac, Bluffton University, the Lindeblad School of Music and as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University and Interlochen Arts Camp.
A strong advocate for inclusion in the arts and a firm believer that all children should have access to quality music education, Martiros has devoted much of her career to developing programs for underserved youth and children with developmental delays.
An active clinician, her recent engagements have included workshops at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Canadian Federation of Music Educators Biennial Convention, the College Music Society National Conference and more.
Martiros is currently enrolled in the doctor of education degree program in higher education leadership and policy at Vanderbilt University. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy and a Master of Science degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Westfield State University.
Martiros and Vaughn Emerson will play at the Brentwood Library on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The two will play Beethoven, Debussy, Piazzolla and Shostakovich.
The program is free but registration is required by clicking here.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.