Emma TurnbullMinister of Music
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Emma is from Edinburgh, Scotland and studied voice and piano at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and the University of British Columbia. She holds a Master of Music in Operatic studies and sang professionally for fifteen years in the UK and Europe upon graduating.

She premiered many new compositions, including “Busqueda” by Sir. James MacMillan and recreated the role of  Miss Donnithorne’s Maggott by Sir. Peter Maxwell Davies, which was attended by the composer himself. Upon his recommendation, she went on to give further performances at the St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, the Cheltenham Festival, the Royal Northern College of Music and in the opera houses of Turin and Seville.

She was the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh for 14 years. Emma expanded the music program, along with her organist, Simon Nieminski, and developed a recital series for students studying at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and a Composer in Residence post for the young Irish composer, Michael Ferguson.

Emma  also ran her own private voice studio and taught singing at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire before coming to live in Davis.

Emma has a passion for liturgy and enjoys collaborating with Pastor Chris and Pastor Mary as they prepare the weekly services at D.C.C. She also enjoys a wide variety of worship styles and music, and is  acutely aware of the important role music plays within the service and the way it should be communicated within a worship setting.

Emma’s husband Juan works at U.C. Davis and they have a daughter, Carmen.

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