Katelyn Emerson


A “star of the first rank” (Orgue Canada), organist and pedagogue Katelyn Emerson showcases repertoire spanning the 14th—21st centuries in concerts described as “thrilling from beginning to end” (Cleveland Classical). She both lectures and gives masterclasses on topics ranging from organ interpretation and healthy practice techniques to sacred music.

Katelyn is laureate of organ competitions on three continents, including the American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) National Young Artists, Musashino International Organ Competition (Japan), International Organ Competition “Pierre de Manchicourt” (France), and Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Russia). She is regularly invited to serve on the faculties of organ academies throughout North America and Europe and to present concerts and workshops at national and regional conventions of the AGO, the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of Organbuilders.

Katelyn holds a Master Orgel from the Musikhochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Stuttgart, Germany), where she was supported by a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) and, as recipient of the prestigious J. William Fulbright Study/Research Grant, she studied en perfectionnement at the Conservatoire de Toulouse (France). Katelyn holds double bachelors degrees in organ performance and French and minors in historical performance and music history from Oberlin College & Conservatory (Ohio), as well as a Certificate in Advanced Occupational Ergonomics from Colorado State University. Katelyn is presently based in both the USA and the UK, having been awarded a 3+1 Economic and Social Science Research Council Studentship from UK Research and Innovation to pursue a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Music and Science. Her articles have appeared in Choir and Organ, the online journal Vox Humana, and the Journal of Hand Therapy, among others. For more information, please visit: www.katelynemerson.com.