About Emma

 

A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Dr. Emma Whitten is an accomplished organist and church musician specializing in early Baroque and contemporary repertoire.  In December 2014, Emma graduated with her D.M.A. in Organ Performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with Kimberly Marshall.  Emma received her Masters of Music degree from the University of Kansas in 2011 under Michael Bauer, and in 2009 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied organ with Craig Cramer.  Her previous teachers include László Attila Almásy of the Bartók Conservatory in Budapest and John Brock of the University of Tennessee.

Emma has studied and performed on historic organs in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.  Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Synthesizing Styles: International Influence on Organ Music in Restoration England,” explores French and Italian musical elements in the organ works of Matthew Locke, John Blow, and Henry Purcell.  Emma has recently been appointed Associate Director of Music at Mission San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside, California, the largest of the 21 California missions and a center for Franciscan worship, pilgrimage, and theological study.