Emily Anne VK is a Nashville-based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who has developed into a highly motivated, contemporary-minded performer. She displays an intense drive towards furthering the role of the saxophone in every genre of music. Emily has toured extensively throughout North America as a soloist and collaborator.
She holds a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Louisiana State University and a BA in Music Education and Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College.
As she continues pursuit in developing all aspects of saxophone performance, she maintains a deep-seated passion for personal artistic development and growth. Her research interests include contemporary improvisation, popular music, and art music for the saxophone. She hopes to build a foundation upon which the saxophone becomes a regularly used instrument in the popular and commercial music industries.
Emily holds a chair in the award-winning Music City Big Band, operates as a bandleader for emerging jazz combo Marmalade, and collaborates with several Nashville recording artists.
Equally passionate about education, Emily currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Middle Tennessee State University. She maintains a busy schedule as a teacher and guest clinician for the Metro Nashville, Wilson County and Williamson County School Districts, and held a previous appointment at Murray State University (KY).
Out of the studio, Emily trains for and participates in trail ultramarathons. If you think that's crazy and/or interesting and want to read a race report, they are published here.
"Emily adds her exquisite talent to this record and it helps lift the tone of the track and also the mood of the listener."
- Sergei Wicking, High Clouds
"I absolutely melt for the soft sax which counterbalances the tumultuously distorted spoken line."
- Indie Trendsetters