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Portland Guitar Academy Welcomes Our New Voice and Piano Instructor Emily Haswell

June 26, 2016 | Posted in: Uncategorized


Copy of image1 (1)Portland Guitar Academy is pleased to welcome Emily Haswell as the newest addition to our team of highly dedicated and skilled instructors. Emily is an accomplished, professional pianist and classical singer who hails from the Big Island of Hawaii. Emily recently moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue her music career and to live closer to her brother.

Born in Canberra, Australia and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Emily began studying piano at age 6 and developed an interest in jazz while in high school. Emily won the outstanding Hilo musicianship award several years in a row and was a finalist in the Hamakua Music Festival. Emily studied classical voice and piano at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and won the morning music competition with my interpretations of Rossini’s La Regata Veneziana and Chausson’s Le Temp des Lilas. 

Emily is an experienced performer who was employed by Saint Mark’s Cathedral as alto section leader, and later with Saint Andrew’s Cathedral as a soprano choral scholar as well as the Honolulu Symphony Chorus as their soprano choral artist. Emily also sang with Colla Voce (a premiere treble ensemble specializing in Hawaiian choral music).

As a teacher, Emily emphasizes well-rounded musicianship, working equally on musicality and expressiveness, technique, theory, and ear-training. Emily performs and teaches professionally and is excited to work with students at Portland Guitar Academy.


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