Emma has been playing the harp for 12 years. She has studied with accomplished harpists, including Linda Greiser, Dr. Adriana Horne, and Dr. Kristie Smith, She has also studied piano for 6 years with Caroline Jennings. She was a Salute to Youth 2018 Competition winner for the Southwest Symphony, and recently won first place at the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association competition in 2018. In 2019, Emma was a participant in the Lyon & Healy Awards in Chicago, IL. Emma was also honored to be a featured harpist in the May 2016 issue of the Harp Column Magazine. She has been a guest soloist for the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, and has presented recitals at the St. George Tabernacle with her sister. She enjoys using music to bring joy to others at weddings, care facilities, and other special events.
Ruth Ferguson has been studying violin privately for 13 years. She has previously studied with Bonnie Romkey, Dr, Vincent Phelan, and Rachel France, and currently takes private lessons from faculty at Utah State University. Ruth starred as "The Fiddler" in Desert Hills High School’s 2017 production of Fiddler on the Roof and participated in the DHHS Pit Orchestra for their 2018 production of The Sound of Music and their 2016 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ruth has loved participating in a number of High School Orchestra activities over the years, including the WCSD Honors Orchestra, UMEA All-State Orchestra, State Solo and Ensemble, and DHHS Chamber Orchestra. She has also presented recitals with her sister at the St. George Tabernacle and was a guest soloist for the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. She has a passion for teaching, especially teaching violin and music. Ruth received an Associate's Degree from Dixie State University and graduated from SUCCESS Academy High School in 2019, where she was given an award from the American Psychological Association for her research on key changes in music.
Soprano Hilary Ferguson is a graduate student in Southern Utah University’s Master of Music in Music Technology program. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Dixie State University in Music where she studied voice with Dr. Ken Peterson. Prior to her voice studies at DSU, she studied with legendary voice teacher, Betty Jeanne Chipman, who inspired her to return to the classroom to get a second bachelor’s degree, after earning her first degree from the University of Utah in Mathematics. Hilary has an active professional teaching license in the State of Utah, and is endorsed to teach Mathematics, Music, and Biology, and taught Math at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah for three years.
During her studies at Dixie State University, Hilary was a soloist in DSU’s operas in concert, including Turandot and Samson and Delilah and was a soloist in DSU’s Impressionism and Baroque festivals. She was also honored to present her research on alternative tuning systems at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, as well as to DSU’s math camp, showing how math and music are integrated. Hilary is an advocate for music education and served on the board of directors for an arts organization in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing grants to provide scholarship funding for children in need to finance private violin lessons, instrument purchases, and to bring music to underserved communities in the greater Cincinnati area.
When she is not involved musically, Hilary loves to cook, travel, and enjoy the outdoors with her husband, Bryce, and four children.
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