Emily Trapp Jenkins is an American pianist passionate about opera, vocal music, and musical theatre who regularly works with professional singers and ensembles around the midwest and south. Recent appearances include accompanying productions of Bastien & Bastienne, The Producers, Godspell and Into the Woods with Arkansas State University’s theatre/opera programs, music directing Disney’s Descendants with Jonesboro’s Foundation of the Arts, guest performing at the 2019 and 2020 Music by Women Festival hosted by Mississippi University for Women, and a regional tour of Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise with baritone Matthew Carey. For five weeks in summer 2019, Jenkins was an adjudicator for the International Piano Performance Examination Committee in Taiwan, where she evaluated over 1,500 beginner to advanced pre-collegiate pianists on prepared repertoire, technique, oral music history questions.
In addition to her active performance schedule, she also owns and operates Jenkins Piano Studio (exclusively virtual at the moment due to COVID-19) and regularly performs as a worship accompanist/soloist at local churches. As an educator, Jenkins has taught piano students of all ages and levels for ten years, both in her home studio and at community music schools. Her love for private and group teaching evolved from her early interest in collaborative music-making and passion for sharing life-long skills that can be enjoyed by anyone. Previously, she has presented her research at various state and regional conferences and has hopes to revamp her bi-weekly podcast, Gaining Proficiency, in 2021.
Jenkins is currently splitting time between Kansas City and Jonesboro, serving as a Collaborative Pianist at Arkansas State University and Staff Accompanist for Liberty Public Schools in Liberty, MO. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Goshen College (Goshen, IN). While at UMKC, she was awarded a Keyboard Skills Division Graduate Assistantship, where she instructed group piano classes at all undergraduate levels. In her spare time, she loves to cook, listen to true crime podcasts, and take walks with her dog, Lucy.