Moravian College Jazz Vocal Major Headlines Event at the Kimmel Center
Moravian College Music Major Amber Anne Emerson ’18 recently headlined a concert at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.
On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Emerson was a headliner at the third annual Awards Reception for the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts. She appeared and performed at the 2015 awards reception and was invited back as a headliner this fall.
Emerson is a 2014 Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts (BMFA) Springboard Grant winner. This award is offered each year to four talented individuals or groups from the Philadelphia area that have applied for the grant and been vetted by the BMFA Grants Committee. Winners are selected from a pool of applicants and are judged on talent, financial need, and their plan for a future in the arts.
More information on the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts and the Springboard Grant can be found at their website.
Emerson is currently pursuing a career in musical theater and also as a jazz vocalist. “This grant gave me the funds and opportunity to continue pursuing musical theatre outside of college, enabling me to attend workshops and master classes in Philadelphia and New York,” she says.
Emerson has also been amassing a solid resume in the theater by appearing in many stage shows. She recently appeared in her first mainstage production at a regional theatre playing Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Totem Pole Playhouse. Just this fall she was selected to be the featured female singer with Moravian Jazz Combo I (performing Saturday, November 12, in Foy Concert Hall) and the Moravian College Big Band (performing Friday, November 18, also in Foy). “I'm excited to be singing with Moravian College's Combo I and Big Band. Having two passions in the arts is certainly challenging and creates a busy lifestyle, but I am so grateful to be able to pursue both!”
Amber is a junior enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree program at Moravian with a concentration in jazz voice.
Photograph by Derek Brad Photography