EMMA WHITTEN is an accomplished organist specializing in early Baroque and contemporary repertoire. She performs across the United States and internationally, captivating audiences and introducing the organ to new listeners. Her programs are engaging and diverse, drawing from an extensive repertoire spanning eight centuries of organ music.
Performance venues and festivals include the Los Angeles Presidents' Day Organ Festival, St. Paul's Cathedral (San Diego, CA), Catalina Organ Festival (Tucson, AZ), Saints Simon & Jude Cathedral (Phoenix, AZ), Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Saint Mary's Basilica (Phoenix, AZ), and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Emma
has performed for American Guild of Organists chapters including Los Angeles, San Diego, Palomar, Central Arizona, and Knoxville. Internationally, Emma has performed on historic organs in Germany, Spain, Colombia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In addition to solo performances, Emma has accompanied large choral and orchestral works including Requiem for the Living (Dan Forrest), Lux Aeterna (Martin Lauridsen), Requiem (Fauré), Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams), Crown Imperial (Walton), Messe solennelle (Vierne), and Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten).
Emma maintains a private teaching studio in Oceanside, California where she works with organists of all ages, from beginning students to professionals. She regularly acts as an adjudicator for scholarship auditions and competitions including the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists and the AGO certification programs. In 2018, she served on the faculty of the Central Arizona chapter’s Pipe Organ Encounter, a week-long educational workshop for high school organists.
Emma is passionate about introducing the organ to new audiences, and she is currently designing a virtual STEM workshop for high school students, introducing the physics of the organ, organ building techniques, and repertoire inspired by scientific concepts.
In December 2014, Emma graduated with her D.M.A. in Organ Performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with Kimberly Marshall. 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. In 2011, Emma received her Masters of Music degree from the University of Kansas 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 is currently Organist and 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.
Emma Whitten is represented by Seven Eight Artists.
Emma Whitten performs on the re-envisioned and restored Hazel Wright Organ in Christ Cathedral's fresh acoustical space. With more than 17,000 pipes, 300 stops and 300 ranks. "Hazel," as the instrument is affectionately called, plays from all four corners of the cathedral building giving listener's a "surround sound" experience.
October 9, 2022, 3:00 PM
Concordia University, Irvine, CU Center
Faculty recital on Concordia University Irvine's III/59 Casavant organ
WOMEN IN THE WEST: MUSFORUM CONFERENCE 2023
February 18, 2023, 2:30 PM
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
A concert of music by women composers, featuring practical works that span the liturgical year. Performed on the three-manual Richards, Fowkes, & Co. organ of Pinnacle Presbyterian
SOLO ORGAN RECITAL
March 5, 2023, 5:00 PM
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
New York, New York
YEAR OF HAZEL - DR. EMMA WHITTEN IN CONCERT
May 3, 2023, 7:30 PM
Garden Grove, California
The 2022-2023 concert season at Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange is the Year of Hazel, celebrating the completed restoration of the iconic Hazel Wright Organ