Emily Hiemstra holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance with Christine Vlajk and composition with Peter Hatch from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently studying viola performance with Steven Dann in the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.
She has participated in festivals around the world including the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany and the Canada India Youth Orchestra Project in Bangalore, India. She is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012, 2013) on violin and viola respectively. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra(Hamilton) and the Sneak Peak Orchestra(Toronto).
As a composer, she has had her works heard on Chorale Concert (CBC Radio), and performed by ensembles such as the Maureen Forrester Singers, Laurier Concert Choir, Laurier Wind Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Schola Magdalena, the Renaissance Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir, Amabile Youth Singers(London), Halifax Camerata Singers, Podium 2014(Halifax), Corriolis Brass and the NYOC’s brass quintet. She is a featured Canadian composer on the Canadian Chamber Choir album A Canadian Mass: Sacred Reflections of Canada, as well as the upcoming album from Schola Magdalena.
Emily enjoys running and tea drinking in her spare time.
I Asked of God, 2013, SATB a cappella (7:36). Text by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ewalk101-1/i-asked-of-god
Laus Deo; Mass for Women’s Choir, 2013, SSAA a cappella (24:00). Movements may be performed separately or as a whole. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ewalk101-1/sets/laus-deo
Ubi Caritas, 2013, SSA a cappella (5:11). This is one of my favourite pieces; it speaks to the soul in ways words cannot. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ewalk101-1/ubi-caritas
the shame of love, 2014, SATB a capella (3:53). Soundcloud: The Renaissance Singers, Gord Burnett, cond. https://soundcloud.com/ewalk101-1/the-shame-of-love-the-renaissance-singers
The Water’s Edge, 2014, SSA a cappella (5:00). Edgy, but still melodic.