Please join all of us at ABS in welcoming Emma Gavenda. “I am so pleased that Emma is joining the ABS team,” said ABS Executive Director, Don Scott Carpenter, “The minute I met her for lunch to discuss the possibility of her working for us, her charm and charisma, along with her love for ABS came to the forefront, and I knew that I wanted to hire her.” We now turn the reins over to Emma so she can introduce herself:
“I’m Emma Gavenda, and I’m so thrilled to be ABS’s new Operations Associate. I’ve been an avid fan of this group for years, and have participated in the Academy twice. I grew up in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Davis for my undergraduate work (I was – as far as I know – the first person to do a B.A. in harpsichord performance there) where I was lucky enough to take classes from both Jeffrey Thomas and Steve Lehning. They were both enormously influential in augmenting both my knowledge and appreciation of Bach and all things Baroque. After Davis, I moved out to Boston to get my masters (also in harpsichord). After I finished school, however, beautiful California called me home, and now I’m lucky enough to work for my very favorite baroque orchestra!
“Some other fun facts: I also sing, and am currently the alto section leader at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley. Although I spend most of my time singing choral music, I occasionally channel Dolly Parton in a country-western cover band, and in 2013 I had the unique opportunity to sing backup for the Rolling Stones in two performances at TD Garden in Boston. My favorite movement of the B Minor Mass is the Dona Nobis Pacem and my favorite cantata is 140 (I know it’s an obvious choice, but I would be lying if I said there was any other piece of music that made me half as giddy as the opening measures of “Wachet Auf”). Come find me and say hi at the next concert!”