- MMus, Music Performance - Harp, Converse College
- BMus, Church Music, Bob Jones University
Emily Waggoner earned a B.M. in Church Music with harp proficiency from Bob Jones University in 2001 and a M.M. in Harp Performance from Converse College in 2006. She began studying harp at age seven with Dorrine Yoder in Escondido, CA. Emily learned Salzedo and French methods of playing from Joyce Fankhauser, Anita Burroughs-Price, and Carrol McLaughlin. Emily supports both methods of playing in her teaching studio.
Emily performs professionally in the Carolinas as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral harpist, and in studio recording. In 2012-2013 she performed significant works with Greenville Chorale, Spartanburg Philharmonic, North Greenville Singers, the BJU Faculty Chamber Winds, and Hendersonville Symphony. In addition to teaching at BJU, she is on faculty at Converse College and maintains a private studio. She serves the local harp community as President of the SC Chapter of the American Harp Society.
Emily began the harp program at BJU in 2006, desiring to offer higher education to harpists seeking a Christian liberal arts education. As Director of Harp Studies, she currently teaches over 20 University students private harp lessons, precollege harp classes and private lessons, harp pedagogy and literature courses, directs the Chamber Harp Ensemble, and maintains all University-owned harps. Emily desires to equip harpists to their God-given calling, whether in secular fields or as freelance professionals.
Emily serves as a Children’s Ministry leader and in her church orchestra at Hampton Park Baptist Church, where she and her husband have been members for 14 years. She volunteers weekly at the Piedmont Women’s Center, where she counsels women in crisis pregnancy situations. She and her husband have four children, ages 6, 5, 2, and 1.