A native of Northwest Arkansas, Emilie began piano studies at the age of eleven and quickly discovered a deep passion for music. Before college, Ms. Griffin had the opportunity to present two solo piano recitals and to perform in the National Piano Guild for four consecutive years, receiving superior ratings each time. She additionally attended Baylor University’s Piano Institute, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, and Oklahoma Baptist University’s Keyboard Academy throughout her high school years, performing in many master classes by esteemed musicians such as Nikita Mndoyants, a Van Cliburn finalist.
Ms. Griffin recently earned a BM in Piano Performance with Emphasis in Pedagogy from Oklahoma Baptist University under the direction of Dr. Michael Dean. During her time at OBU, Ms. Griffin actively served as a choral accompanist, church pianist, and music theory tutor. She also taught several students through the university’s preparatory department. In 2016 music faculty selected Emilie as a performer for OBU’s annual Concerto-Aria Concert in which she was given the opportunity to perform the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in D Minor, K. 466 with an orchestra. A dedicated and hardworking student, Ms. Griffin graduated magna cum laude.
Following graduation, Emilie was granted a graduate assistantship at Texas Christian University where she is studying to complete a MM in Piano Pedagogy under the guidance of Dr. Ann Gipson and Professor Harold Martina. Ms. Griffin’s assistantship continues to provide her with ample teaching experience through group and private lessons for children, college students, and adults. She currently serves as the vice president of TCU’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter.
Ms. Griffin is an enthusiastic, encouraging, and dedicated teacher who strives to create a learning environment in which students will thrive. She believes that students should be equipped to reach their full potential, allowing them to become independent, life-long lovers of music.