Owensboro Symphony’s Meet the Musicians: Emily Britton

February 6, 2021 | 12:06 am

Updated February 5, 2021 | 11:06 pm

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While the community is staying healthy at home, Owensboro Symphony has offered the opportunity to have an up-close and personal look at some of its talented musicians.

With the Meet the Musicians series, performers talk about their instruments and share their passion for music.

Dr. Emily Britton
Britton, a native of Rochester, New York, currently serves as Consortium Instructor of Horn at the University of Evansville and Principal Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras.


She maintains a busy freelance schedule, including serving as Guest Principal Horn for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the 2019-2020 seaons, frequent appearances in the Louisville Orchestra, and studio work in Nashville.

In addition, Britton plays with faculty ensembles at the University of Evansville, such as the Shepard Brass and the Harlaxton winds, and she teaches a large private studio of junior high and high school horn players.

Before joining the faculty at University of Evansville, Britton was a member of the USAF Heritage of America Band, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. During her tenure with the Air Force, she performed with the Heritage Brass, the Langley Winds, and the concert band.

In five years of service, she gave over 400 performances of various kinds throughout the East Coast, giving master classes at various universities and high schools and enjoying several particularly unique opportunities, such as playing the National Anthem for millions of NASCAR and Major League Baseball fans and performing the music of Glenn Miller in the streets of Poland.

While living in Virginia, Britton also became a frequent substitute horn player with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Before entering the military, Britton appeared regularly with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony and Opera, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and served as Principal Horn of the Northwest Florida Symphony and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded second place in the collegiate division of the International Horn Competition of America in 2009.

Britton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Music Performance and Literature degree from Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Music degree in Brass Performance from Florida State University.

Britton studied with Michelle Stebleton, W. Peter Kurau, and Jennifer Burch.

February 6, 2021 | 12:06 am

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