Emily Dunsmore

Originally from Hamilton, ON, Emily has held the position of Principal Horn of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for 5 years. Emily is active in the music community in St. John’s, having performed with Opera on the Avalon, Atlantic Light Theatre, and various chamber and jazz ensembles. She also coaches the talented young brass players of Calos Youth Orchestra (previously the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra), and teaches horn privately.

Emily completed her Bachelor of Performance in Horn at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL under Gail Williams (Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Teton Music Festival, formerly Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony), and William Barnewitz (former Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Symphony). She completed her Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies in Toronto, ON at The Glenn Gould School under Christopher Gongos (Associate Principal Horn, Toronto Symphony Orchestra).


How many years have you been with the NSO?


Who is your favourite composer?

Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler

What's the best NSO concert you have seen or been a part of?

The Sergeant Pepper concert and Scheherazade concerts were highlights for me. Shostakovich Cello Concerto as well. Really, anytime the brass section gets to play out and shine or we get to feel like rock stars being “the band” for amazing local and global rock talent, I’m a happy girl.

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