About

Emily Boyer, horn player, is an active performer and instructor. Based in Connecticut, she balances chamber music, orchestral performance, private teaching, classroom teaching, and sacred music.

Emily is a founding member of the horn and harp duo Apple Orange Pair.  This ensemble is dedicated to performing and expanding the horn and harp repertoire through commissioning new works, bringing older works back to the performance repertoire, and transcribing existing music.  Emily also maintains a freelance career where she performs regularly in orchestras, bands, and other chamber music groups in Connecticut and New York.

Emily is an instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where she teaches Music History and Appreciation and private brass lessons. Serving students from a variety of backgrounds, her music history course surveys music from plainchant to the present, and features an emphasis on listening analysis and live performances in class. Private students are both music majors and non-majors, and range from beginners to experienced musicians.

In addition to collegiate instruction, Emily teaches maintains a private teaching studio. She is experienced with students extending from middle school through adults. She has worked as a visiting specialist with horn students in Connecticut public schools. Previously she taught musicianship at Grace Academy New Haven, a course designed for middle school students to discover and develop their music listening and theoretical skills.

Currently Emily serves as the Director of Arts at Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven.  Her role includes coordinating the biannual Live at 135 Concert Series and visual arts gallery located in the church, writing and leading contemplative prayer services during Holy Week, and designing sacred aesthetics for the worship space. She pursues a personal interest in the intersection between Christian faith and the arts.

Emily (Engle, before she was married) grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan.  The kitchen radio was always tuned to the local public radio station, and she attributes becoming a musician to an early immersion in the sounds and stories of classical music. Emily graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy.  She went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music.  She has performed in the Banff, Aspen, Atlantic, and Institut Musical de Provence-Aubagne Music Festivals.  Her primary horn teachers include Julie Schleif, Peter Landgren, William Purvis, and Denise Tryon.

You are invited to contact Emily for further information.