Emma Reinhart is a saxophonist, woodwinds specialist, and music educator originally from Southern California. She recently relocated to New York City after performing the reeds chair (saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute) on the First National tour of Jimmy Buffett's Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville. Emma actively performs and teaches all across New York City. She is currently playing in Cornelia Street Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2. (More info here!)
With a strong foundation in concert and classical saxophone, Emma has been a guest saxophonist and clarinetist with the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL), Downey Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA), and the American Youth Symphony (Los Angeles, CA). She is a proponent of new music for the saxophone, as a member of collaborations with composers at the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. Emma also enjoys performing in saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, and mixed chamber music settings.
A versatile musician, Emma was a member of the 2015 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band, where she performed a variety of styles including jazz and commercial music. Since then, she has appeared with the Lansing Orchestra Jazz Band, Igor Kogan's Big Band (Los Angeles), and swing dance bands in the Palm Springs area. She was also a member of the Creative Arts Orchestra, an eclectic, free improvisation ensemble at the University of Michigan. During her formal training, Emma studied jazz composition and arranging and regularly performed in big bands and jazz combos.
Emma is an avid reed doubler and performs on a range of woodwind instruments, including piccolo/flute; clarinet, bass clarinet; and soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. The musical theater orchestra pit is one of her favorite performance settings. In addition to touring, she has held the reeds chair for over a dozen regional musical theater productions and currently serves as a substitute musician on Broadway (Moulin Rouge, 2022 Radio City Christmas Spectacular).
Eager to collaborate, Emma frequently records woodwind tracks for multimedia and film projects. Recent projects include a Hall and Oates arrangement with the Two-Button Brass; the second iteration of the #PlayWithEric memorial, raising awareness about young artists' mental health; and a series of clarinet tracks for a global orchestra collaboration to be released in 2022. She is currently available for recording work; please click the SoundBetter button on this page, or contact Emma here.
Emma is currently a Teaching Artist with the New York Pops Educational Program and woodwind faculty at the British International School of New York and at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA (remotely). She also maintains a private studio and is available for in-person or Zoom lessons. For more information about Emma's teaching, please visit this page.
Emma and her jazz trio, affectionately dubbed "E-Harmony," have enlivened private parties and special events throughout Southern California since 2016. Request more information here.
Education and Training
Emma holds a Master of Music degree in Multiple Woodwinds (saxophone, flute, clarinet) from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in saxophone under renowned pedagogue and performer, Dr. Timothy McAllister. She also studied and performed on flute and clarinet with the University of Michigan Bands. She concurrently earned a second Master of Music degree in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation from the University of Michigan under Andrew Bishop and Ed Sarath.
Prior to her studies in Ann Arbor, Emma graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in saxophone performance and a minor in music industry. While at USC, Emma studied saxophone with Drs. Jessica Maxfield, Christopher Bartz, and Douglas Masek; clarinet with Professor David Howard; flute with Professor Gary Woodward; and oboe with Dr. Joel Timm.