Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Frost Rostykus.
Emma, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began studying the harp twenty plus years ago in my hometown of Bellingham, WA. Music has always been my passion and has always been something I can draw on from a deep place in order to connect my brain and my heart. When I was 26 years old, I decided to further my musical education and pursue my college career. I relocated to the greater Los Angeles area and proceeded to search for the school most fitting for me. I have been trained classically in the pedal harp, however have also been trained in playing the electric harp and folk harp. My most favorite creative expression is to play the harp and sing songs that I have written. It was difficult to find the right school because my interests in harp were so wide and nontraditional. However, in 2016, I applied to California Institute of The Arts and completed my Bachelor’s degree, followed by my Master’s Degree in Performance and Composition with a focus in the harp.
Through my education, I learned to be more confident in all aspects of my musicality, I learned how to be a better collaborator, I learned how to be a great composer and songwriter, how to be a better businesswoman and most of all, that I wanted to be a teacher and write scores for films and other productions. I opened my own private music studio and have been teaching now for the past three-plus years. I currently reside in the greater Los Angeles area and teach harp, piano, and songwriting. I enjoy playing with a number of symphonies for private and special events (pre-COVID19) and, as of this year, am the Musical Director of Lockdown Theatre Group. My goals are endless when it comes to my work, teaching and experiences. But they can all be encompassed by the fact that I want to inspire others through music and be able to connect through my passion and build a great business doing so!
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not in the least bit been a smooth road. I have been very lucky in the fact that I have always had my family’s support and that has made it smooth in many regards. They have always believed in me and been the first to ask me what’s new in my music world. I have struggled personally with numerous events along the way and I have struggled with my own confidence and creative expression in my music. I have questioned if I have the qualities needed to convey my art in a way to people that inspires them, leads them to a deeper perspective or idea or simply if my art is enjoyable to others. More simply put, at times when life seems to get you down, I question the purity and dedication of my own heart. But then…I continue to create music, and here we are!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Blissful Harp – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My company Emma Frost Music and it has been up and running since 2012. I teach harp, piano, and songwriting to all ages and levels. I also perform, record and compose for a living, constantly continuing to grow and learn in my own field. I specialize in teaching, performing, recording and writing of the harp. I am known for my avant-garde expression and performance on the electric harp, in which I sing and dance around and provide a very entertaining show! I also specialize in connecting with people through music.
The things I am most proud of is the fact that I can teach and play multiple different genres and levels, leading me to be accessible to more walks of people. I believe that the whole point of playing music is to have fun and access your highest level of creativity, therefore getting to know deeper and more powerful parts of yourself!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I really like about the greater LA area is all of the different talented individuals who are interested in collaborating and making each day more enjoyable through art or whatever their particular talent maybe! My least favorite thing about the greater LA area is the lack of greenery, rivers and creeks. I love nature. Although we have many an interesting Cacti all over the place, which makes for a great change of scenery for me.
- Website: blissfulharp.com
- Phone: 360-318-3818
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @emmafrostmusic
- Facebook: @emmafrostmusic