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From Rockschool to stage: An interview with Emma Henderson (Class of 2016)

Emma Henderson (Class of 2016) took her love of playing Bass first learnt at OFGS to become a career muso. We share Emma's interview by Rockschool, a contemporary music education program.
28 Aug 2019
Alumni News

Emma Henderson fell in love with the electric bass guitar at the age of eight...

Born in Sydney, Australia, she was greatly inspired by a school music teacher (OFGS's Rochelle Fuller!) early on and began her journey in music supported by a passionate, supportive environment, both at school and at home. From day one she was taught within the Rockschool's framework completing all grades (1 to 8) with distinction before her 16th Birthday. Not too shabby!

Upon finishing school, Emma’s studies were furthered at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then at the Australian Institute of Music where she was awarded the National Excellence scholarship. With a strong desire to take her music education as far as possible, Emma’s dedication gained her a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music's summer program in Boston, Mass (USA). At Berklee her talent was further recognised as amongst 70 bass players she was chosen to perform for the All-Star Ensemble.

Emma’s performance experience has been extensive and has seen her work in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the US. Always wanting to work with different cultures and genres, Emma has performed in numerous touring musicals, gig venues and summer music festival for a variety of artists. The most recent highlights coming In 2018 when she was taught by 5-time grammy award winning bassist/producer/educator Victor Wooten in Boston and in 2019 when she managed to meet her music idol, bass-master, Marcus Miller in London.

Emma’s love for musical collaboration has also led her to become an inspirational music tutor, and has been working with young musicians since 2017. From this platform, she has since overseen a music collective set up to enable other young musicians to work professionally together in a variety of professional opportunities across the whole of Australia.

For full story visit the Rockschool's website

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