Deidre Emerson is Principal Cello has been a member of the orchestra since 2007.
Deidre Vaughn Emerson first started playing cello at the age of five. She recr at Birmingham Southern College, and her Masters in Cello Performance at University of Houston in the studio of Vagram Saradjian. She has had the opportunity to study at a number of music festivals in the United States and Europe.
Deidre has had many opportunities to perform and teach in many genres including sacred, symphonic, chamber, modern, country, fiddle, opera, theater, ballet, soundtracks, and popular music just to name a few. She has lead many all-state and regional clinics and has taught all ages and levels. She has been honored as guest artist and guest lecturer for a number of colleges and universities.
Currently she works and resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Here she teaches at a number of schools and teaching studios and also maintains her own private teaching studio. She also does recording and performance work in this city’s vibrant industry, and is involved in many full time ensembles. She is currently the Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestra at Tennessee State University.