Emily Hauer, a finalist in The Final Forte 2020, plays Bach and Paganini, and shares insights about music and life.


This new story in the “Young Artist Series” features Emily Hauer, a finalist in The Final Forte 2020. Emily performs J.S. Bach ‘s Sonata No. 3 in C Major and Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 1.

Following the four minute Bach Sonata, Emily shares memories about preparing for the Bolz competitions, and a story about how she created an exercise to improve her technique — playing scales forward and backward — in both high and low registers. She goes on to convey experiences preparing for The Final Forte with our orchestra, and how different it is compared to playing with just a piano. Emily expresses how she feels while performing, and the importance of classical music as a safe place for herself, and all people. She also tells a story about playing for kids who are challenged with communicating, and how enraptured they were when she performed. Emily shares how important it is as a musician to take care of your body if you hope to create music for a long time, gives aspiring young artists ideas for practicing, and more. She finishes with a three minute performance of the Paganini Caprice.

About Emily Hauer

Emily Hauer is a 12th-grade violin student of Ms. Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Emily has been playing violin since she was two years old and has performed with the Milwaukee, Madison, Oshkosh, La Crosse, Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestras, the Green Bay Civic Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared on “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, performed two times on“The Midday” hosted by Norman Gilliland, and received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In the spring she played the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with both the Madison and La Crosse Symphony Orchestras as one of the four finalists in the Bolz Young Artists Competition and the Rising Stars Concerto Competition. Emily just completed her fourth year as concertmaster of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. She will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance in the fall with Associate Professor of Violin Danielle Belen at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

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