Meet the Musicians

Dale Emery

Viola

Dale Emery

biography

Dale Emery enjoys a multifaceted career as a music teacher and performer. He is currently a member of the Spokane Symphony playing in the viola section since the 1981-82 season. He started in the Spokane Symphony as an apprentice in the Symphony Scholars program through Eastern Washington University. Four years later he accepted a regular full time contract by audition. He has performed in many small ensembles in the Spokane area including the Westminster Chamber Orchestra. Dale is also an accomplished organist and played organ professionally for 20 years in 3 different Spokane churches. 

In addition to performing, Dale has taught Orchestra in the Mead School District since 1986. Currently teaching at Mt. Spokane High School, he teaches Orchestra students grades 4-12 along with Symphonic Band and Beginning Guitar classes. He has held a private teaching studio for 10 years, teaching piano, organ, violin and viola, and served as a viola coach for the Spokane Youth Symphony for a number of years in the past. 

Dale holds his BA in Music Education from Eastern Washington University where he studied viola with Marvin Mutchnik, former Concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony. He graduated from Ferris High School here in Spokane and was a member of the Spokane Youth Symphony for 4 years. Dale got his inspiration to be a musician from seeing the Spokane Symphony live in the Fox Theatre in 1972 with his fourth grade class in school. THAT was the day he decided he wanted to be a string player in a Symphony Orchestra and learn to be a conductor!

In order to keep the work load in check and to provide some "personal life" time, Dale has mostly limited his career work to teaching at Mt. Spokane High School and playing in the Spokane Symphony. 

He prides himself a bit on keeping an open mind to ALL music styles and genres because "there is so much great music out there." In his free time he enjoys cooking, playing with his dogs, walking, biking , gardening, traveling and entertaining friends at his home. He also enjoys his classic cars, and is an avid high performance speed boater during the summertime.

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