Emileigh Vandiver


Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Emileigh Vandiver

Cellist Emileigh Brooke Vandiver brings people together through the humanity of music, cello in tow. Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a musician who conveys “a world of emotional meaning to the cello,” Vandiver’s performances, teaching, and community engagement reflect her desire to reverse the current trend of social isolation and reconnect people across cultures.

Reviewed by the New York Times as an “excellent performer,” Vandiver is a versatile musician who has performed with various orchestras across the globe. Currently she performs with the Dallas Symphony and previously she held positions with the Houston Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional ensemble experiences include touring and/or performing with the Baltimore Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, and Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry.

Dedicated to community engagement through teaching, Vandiver currently serves on faculty at the Dallas Conservatory. Previously, she was the cello professor at the University of New Hampshire from 2015-2018 and was on faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory School. Additionally, she served on the cello, solfege, and chamber music faculty for Project STEP at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Committed to the sustainability of her art form, Vandiver is a noted interpreter and advocate of new music. She was the principal cellist in the 21st Century Contemporary Ensemble, part of Carnegie Hall’s professional workshops, directed by John Adams and David Robertson. Vandiver draws inspiration from and has worked closely with Steve Reich, David Lang, John Adams, Michael Gordon, Andrew Norman, Hans Zender, Robert Honstein, Gunther Schuller, Vinko Globokar, John Heiss, and Julia Wolfe. She has also performed at June in Buffalo with Ensemble Signal and in the Bang on a Can marathon.

Vandiver completed a BM, MM, and a Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music. She was awarded the Lotta Crabtree Scholarship and upon graduation received the Gunther
Schuller President’s Medal. She studied with Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and John Heiss. Her former teachers include Richard Aaron, Hans Jørgen-Jensen, Christopher French, and Ann Victor.

She is featured as principal character in the cello documentary, Talent Has Hunger and is a contributor to www.CelloBello.com. Vandiver is currently writing two solfege textbooks and a cello
method book. For more information please visit www.EmileighVandiver.com.