Cellist Emileigh Brooke Vandiver is committed to teaching and performing in many parts of the world, and possesses a breadth of experience. She has earned recognition for her artistry as a recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and soloist. Vandiver is an active teacher. She is currently on the cello faculty at the New England Conservatory's Preparatory Schoo and also teaches private cello lessons, solfege, and chamber music at Boston's Symphony Hall for Project STEP. She is the director of the STEP cello choir. In January of 2012, Vandiver will go to Panama to perform, give masterclasses, coach chamber music, and teach cello lessons. In the summer she teaches at the Four Strings Summer Academy and was a guest artist at Camp Encore/Coda.
As a soloist, Vandiver has made fourteen appearances with orchestra. Her engagements include performing concerti with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Bend Symphony, the Clear Lake Symphony, the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra, and the Houston Civic Symphony Orchestra. She has soloed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jordan Hall, the Moores Opera House, the Wortham Center, and the Hobby Center. She has performed at a number of festivals, including the Holland International Music Sessions, Orford Centre d’Arts, Aria International Summer Music Academy, and the Banff International Centre. She was also a fellow at the Perlman Music Program.
Vandiver has a fervent love for chamber music. For the past ﬁve years she has been the cellist of NEC's Contemporary Ensemble, directed by John Heiss. Ms. Vandiver has been featured performing works that include Gunther Schuller's Aphorisms and Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. In February she will perform George Crumb's quartet, Black Angels. She is also a member of NEC's Bach Ensemble. Her chamber groups have been chosen to perform in Jordan Hall for the Chamber Music Gala concerts on numerous occasions.
Vandiver has played in masterclasses for Bernard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Anner Bylsma, Pieter Wispelwey, Andres Diaz, and Raphael Wallﬁsch. She is currently completing a Masters degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studies with Natasha Brofsky and is taking Music-In-Education classes. She completed her undergraduate degree at NEC with Paul Katz. Her former teachers include Christopher French and Ann Victor.
Vandiver enjoys reading the works of Dorothy Parker, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hermann Hesse. She is also currently learning Spanish. On weekends she is often found in the kitchen cooking Tex-Mex with her sisters and friends