Emma Jarman (née Pay)

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Emma was born in Invercargill and learnt from several of Southland's talented musicians & tutors; including Bruce & Melissa Chilton (Saxophone), Nathan McGraw (Clarinet), and Mrs E Barker & Kath Strang (Piano). Emma took up a varierty of instruments but eventually focused on the clarinet (A & Bb) and the alto saxophone, and passed her ATCL in performance clarinet with Distinction (tutored by Emily Logan). Emma's love of jazz was definifely shaped by the encouragement & tutoring at & outside of school, in particluar from Bruce & Melissa Chilton, and Alistair Monteath.

During her schooling, Emma was the principal clarinettist of the NZSSSO & Auckland Philharmonic Premier Fellowship Orchestra, finalist in the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year competition & clarinettist for the inaugural NZ Concert Band. She also played percussion for the APO Festival Orchestra (thanks to tutoring and an interest in percussion sparked by Marjorie Wellington) and throroughly enjoyed her time playing saxophone with the Crazy Rhythm Big Band. Playing at the Queenstown Jazz Festival & Jazzfest were always a highlight each year as a teenager.

Emma moved to Christchuch in 2006 and studied clarinet with Gretchen La Roche at Canterbury University. She completed a Bachelor of Music in performance clarinet, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Arts with Distinction. At present, Emma is studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (Secondary) with Victoria University (extramurally).

Primarily a classical clarinettist and jazz saxophonist, Emma is thoroughly enjoying being back in Invercargill and part of both the excellent classical and jazz community in Southland. She has once again joined the Invercargill City Big Band (formerly The Crazy Rhythm Big Band) and is back tutoring at OSMC and teaching privately. As well as being fortunate enough to play with the Windjammers, Emma has her own duo, Jazzical with pianist Michael Zhang.

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Reply eno
8:28 AM on March 9, 2014 
emma keep up the pure flames of jazz