Musician Bio

Emilee Drumm is excited to join the ISO for their 2022-2023 season as a member of the viola section. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Drumm began playing viola in the fourth grade through her school’s orchestra program. She earned her bachelor and master of music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where her primary teacher was Alan de Veritch. While at IU, Ms. Drumm also studied with Steve Wyrczynski, Alex Kerr, and Jorja Fleezanis. She was a finalist for the IU viola concerto competition in 2008, and while earning her masters degree she played and toured with the Starling Chamber Players alongside Alex Kerr and Eric Kim.

Ms. Drumm was previously a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida from 2012-2015. While there, she played under notable conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, David Robertson, Stéphane Danève, and John Adams.

Since moving to Indianapolis in 2015, Ms. Drumm enjoys playing frequently with the ISO, as well as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In her orchestral and freelance career, she’s been able to work with a wide range of talented soloists including YoYo Ma, Augustin Hadelich, Sutton Foster, Emmanuel Ax, and The Eagles. In addition to performing, Ms. Drumm is passionate about teaching viola, coaching string orchestras in local schools, and helping with other
educational outreach programs in Indianapolis.

Outside of music, Ms. Drumm enjoys gardening, cooking, swimming, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. She currently lives in Lawrence with her husband Nick, their daughter Nora, and their dog Juno.

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