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Emily Stark Robinson, YAHS 2003

Emily Stark Robinson with her husband Marc and new daughter Daisy.

Emily Stark Robinson with her husband Marc and new daughter Daisy.

What year did you attend YAHS and how old were you?

I attended in 2003; the year YAHS was at Bradford. I believe I had just turned 17.

Where did you attend college, what major, and what is your current occupation?

I studied Sociology with a concentration in Environmental Studies at the College of New Jersey. I went on for a Master of Science in Library Science at Catholic University. I was most recently a librarian/professor at Northern Virginia Community College before I left to have my baby last April.

Are you married/any kids?

I have been married for four years. We welcomed our daughter, Marguerite, to the world in April 2013.

Do you remember your solo recital piece at YAHS?

I don’t think I will ever forget that terrible pedal section of the Pescetti Sonata in C minor. Ouch!

What is your most memorable moment from YAHS? (good or bad!)

It’s hard to pick just one moment! I think one of the funniest was the workshop where we all got to throw food, yell, make silly noises, and do whatever we could to distract the harpist.

Did you learn anything at YAHS that you still carry with you in your present life?

Yes, lots! We talked a lot about stage presence and how to present yourself – that is applicable to life, not just performance. I also learned the “see how much you can accomplish when you completely dedicate yourself” lesson. I never had so many blisters, but my playing improved dramatically.

Anything else you want to share with past and future YAHS students?

Final Thoughts: Harp is so often a solo instrument. It was an incredible opportunity to meet so many talented harpists from across the country.