Emma Hamlin (daughter of Ward and Lynn Hamlin) sang in the Girls Choir from 2004-2006 while attending the Nichols School. She then went on to Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina where she majored in English Literature and minored in Music and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA and an Honors Thesis. She is presently working for Round Point Financial Group as Correspondence Specialist in Charlotte.
Emma’s most memorable trip as a chorister was the Summer 2006 tour of England and Sweden with the Men and Girls. The caliber of repertoire and performance was unparalleled. Because of this trip, she chose to spend a semester in England while a student in college.
The choral experience advanced Emma as a singer in a way no other program could have done. The audition process for other choruses and choirs has been a constant reminder of this; often conductors will ask how she learned such fine sight-reading abilities, or how her ability to sing in Latin developed. Most recently, her audition for Oratorio Singers of Charlotte (the accompanying chorus for the Charlotte Symphony) included a sight-reading selection, Bogoroditse Devo from Rachmaninov’s Vespers which St. Paul’s choir sang on tour in 2006. The conductor was very surprised when Emma sight-read perfectly in the original church Cyrillic. St. Paul’s choir helped to give Emma a musical maturity for which she is eternally grateful.