Emma has a passion for music which is backed by an immense amount of talent. At 18 years old Emma has already built an impressive singing career over the last 13 years including being named the 2014 ILT Southland Junior Entertainer of the Year and attaining a 2020 Youthmark Award. Emma has performed for former Prime Minister John Key and the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, as well as having sung alongside national and international artists including Dame Malvina Major. Locally Emma has featured in numerous community events and functions including the ILT Christmas Variety Show and Carols in the Park.
Selected as one of 56 of the country’s finest young voices in the 2019/2020 New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, Emma is the only representative from the Southern region. The choir provides Emma with the opportunity to extend her choral excellence as well as developing her leadership capability in the New Zealand art sector, with many of New Zealand’s top professional artists having been past members of the choir.
As part of the choir Emma performs in competitions, concerts and festivals nationally and internationally. Being a member means being committed to practicing and travelling nationally to rehearsals, tuition and master classes on technique and performance opportunities.
“The generous backing and support I’ve received from Community Trust South and the Invercargill community has helped with costs in being able to meet the choir commitments and courses. This has inspired me to develop my passion further and enabled me to focus and grow as a national performer.” – Emma Jones
Success for Emma, other than being recently selected as a reserve to the NZ Youth Choir, has been experiencing the most wonderful sounds when performing as a full choir and having soloist opportunities. Emma was selected as a soloist for two of the choirs’ repertoire when performing to a full house at St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin, St Mary’s Church in Timaru and St Marys Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch. Her favourite was singing The Catacombs by the NZ composer, William Yaxley. “I got to perform my solo in the pulpit at three concerts which added extra mood to the performance.” - Emma Jones