A native of the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, Emily Borra is a free-lance horn player and teacher in Minneapolis, having held a private horn studio for over 10 years. She performs on 2nd horn with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Northland’s Finest Horn Choir based in Duluth, MN. Emily is a sought-after instructor, performer, and masterclass instructor at music camps, honors ensembles, and schools.
Emily holds a Master of Music degree in Horn from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied primarily with Richard Seraphinoff, while also having the opportunity to work with Jeff Nelsen and Dale Clevenger. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental performance on horn from the University of Wisconsin – Superior where she studied with Jill Bowman. Emily is a previous tuition scholarship recipient of Kendall Betts Horn Camp, where she had the opportunity to study with multiple world renown horn players for multiple years.
Emily is an active freelancer regularly performing with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and Northland's Finest Horn Choir. You can also see her often on stage with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, and Mesabi Symphony Orchestra as a substitute musician. She was a featured student soloist with the University of Wisconsin – Superior Band (2012) and has performed many solo recitals.
Emily enjoys teaching students of all ages and gives lessons in her home in the Victory neighborhood of Minneapolis, as well as over Zoom as needed. She has a supportive, easy-going style that focuses on using fundamentals to achieve your goals. Students in her studio have attended multiple honor bands and have received superior ratings in solo and ensemble contests.