Emily Rapson, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is currently second hornist of both The Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and The Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and horn in the chamber group The North Coast Winds. She has also been heard with other regional orchestras throughout Ohio and Ontario. Ms. Rapson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2010 where she studied with Gabriel Radford, and she then made the big move to the United States where she completed her master’s degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music while under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra principal hornist Richard King. Currently, Ms. Rapson is pursuing an artist’s diploma at The Oberlin Conservatory where she is studying with Roland Pandolfi. In both Canada and the United States, Ms. Rapson attended the Domaine Forget, Interregional Jugend Orchestra, Windfest, Banff Centre, and, most recently, The Music Academy of the West summer festivals. When Ms. Rapson has free time away from her horn (or car, as she drives everywhere) she enjoys cooking, travelling, backpacking, and bird watching, an activity, she exclaims, you don’t have to be 50+ to participate in.