About Emma

Emma is a music graduate of the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide and an acclaimed soprano and harpist much in demand as a performer in South Australia. 

A leading soprano soloist and ensemble singer in Adelaide, Emma is a core member of the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers, with whom she has toured internationally and performed at the Adelaide Festival, Coriole, Port Fairy and Huntington Music Festivals, at WOMAD and with the Rolling Stones at Adelaide Oval in 2014. Emma co-founded female vocal trio Eve, during which years she performed live on ABC Classic FM and presented concerts as part of the Musica Viva in Schools programme. Also a past member of vocal ensemble Syntony she performed with them in the Barossa, Coriole and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.

One of Adelaide’s most popular and respected sopranos, Emma is renown for her purity of tone and engaging stage presence. She presents frequent solo recitals, including a residency for The Firm, in the Ngeringa Herb Farm, Elder Lunchhour and Urrbrae House concert series and with Adelaide Baroque. An experienced performer in the highly specialised art of accompanying her own singing, Emma performs regularly as harpist and vocalist at weddings, functions, recitals and festivals, with repertoire ranging from medieval, baroque and classical to celtic and contemporary.

Performances include on stage concerts at the Bundaleer Forest Weekend in 2007 & 2009, a regional solo tour with Country Arts SA in 2012, performances and workshops at the Australian Harp Festival in 2012, and sell-out shows in the 2011 & 2013 Adelaide Fringe. Emma’s collaborations include performances with David Elton (trumpet), Jamie Cock (piano), Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar) and her husband Steve Peterka (principal percussion, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra). Emma performs as frequently as guest artist for many concerts in Adelaide, is the invited soloist of many local choirs and also played harp with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2004.

Emma has recorded five solo CD’s Night Dreams, Vox Angelica, Songs of Life and Love, Angelsong – A Christmas Blessing and The Song Garden which have all featured on ABC Classic FM, and several ensemble CD’s. She also enjoys private teaching and choral conducting, being a past musical director of The Corinthian Singers and Bella Voce at the University of Adelaide, and a past tutor for the Australian Girls Choir.

Emma is loving being a mum for the first time to little Elanor and spends her spare time with family and friends, cooking, craft-making, reading, meditating and watching old movies and period dramas!

“Her singing, locally renowned for its purity of tone and faultless intonation when soaring to impossible heights…accompanying herself on the harp, a musical combination made in heaven”

The Advertiser, 2007

Bookings & Enquiries

For bookings & enquiries, contact Emma on 0422 944 121 or visit the Contact Page.