Emma Sepmeier

Faculty: Brass


Boston University: Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance
Bachelor of Music Education

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Master of Music, Horn Performance


Emma Sepmeier is a Chicago-based horn player and teacher. As a performer, Emma has appeared with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Sacred Music Series at Notre Dame, the Millar Brass Ensemble, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. She is the current horn faculty for Carthage College and the Music Institute of Chicago. Emma has taught for the youth symphonies of Chicago, Boston, and Milwaukee, as well as for ChiArts High School and The Peoples Music School. Emma enjoys working with each student to find their voice on the horn. Her students have attended top music schools across the country, ILMEA Regional and All-State Festivals, and the summer programs at Interlochen, Blue Lake, Tanglewood, IYSM, and Brevard. Her primary teachers include Eric Ruske and Greg Flint. Outside of performing and teaching, Emma enjoys arranging music for flexible chamber ensembles, cooking, and spending time with her husband Kurt and daughters Thalia and Maeve.

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“We’re lucky as music teachers that every student already loves our subject. Our job is to connect them with the skills to express that love – what a great job!”

“The halls of Merit have an unmatched positive energy. The students hard work and talent is a pleasure to be around, and makes Merit the special place it is.”