Emma Reinhart

Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax

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Emma Reinhart is a saxophonist, woodwinds specialist, and music educator originally from Southern California. She recently moved to New York City after holding the reeds chair (saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute) on the First National tour of Jimmy Buffett's Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville. Emma currently subs on Moulin Rouge on Broadway and teaches around the city through the New York Pops "PopsEd" program.

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 OrchestraMusic 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 contemporary music. Since then, she has appeared with the Lansing Orchestra Jazz Band, Igor Kogan's Big Band, 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 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 and subbed for over a dozen musical theater productions. Eager to collaborate, Emma frequently records woodwind tracks for multimedia and film projects.


Emma holds two Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan in Multiple Woodwinds and in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California (USC), where she majored in saxophone and studied flute, clarinet, and oboe as extracurriculars with faculty members. 

As a music educator, Emma has experience working with students from Kindergarten to college, and is committed to helping each student achieve his or her musical goals.  Emma is currently a Teaching Artist with the New York Pops PopsEd program and an adjunct instructor of music at College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA), where she teaches saxophone, clarinet, and flute private lessons to music majors remotely. Previous students at COD have successfully auditioned and transferred to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach and Cal Poly Humboldt in pursuit of bachelor of music degrees.

Emma's work with K-12 students began through the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program (TCEP), where she held several teaching roles at schools in the downtown Los Angeles area. She has since taught private instrumental and group music lessons through the French Conservatory of MusicBertrand's Music, the Santa Monica Academy, and the Los Angeles Music and Arts School, where she later served on the Young Professionals Advisory Board. Emma has also worked with students at Laguna Beach High School, Lakewood High School, the Brentwood School, and Palm Desert Charter Middle School. In 2019, Emma presented a woodwind doubling mini-recital and Q&A to students at Riverside City College as well as a traditional saxophone masterclass for the saxophone studio at California State University, Fullerton.

AFM Local 802 Musicians' Union

Standard of Excellence Band Method books, beginner/intermediate

Rubank Method(s) and Duet books, beginner/intermediate

Trevor Wye books (flute)

Klose method (clarinet)

Ferling 48 Etudes (saxophone - advanced only)

Klose Daily Studies (saxophone)

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