Emily Grabinski

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Emily has been a staff pianist for both the Hope College music and dance departments since 2016, providing live musical accompaniment for various dance technique courses, music lessons and performances. 

Professional Experience

Emily enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, dance accompanist and orchestral keyboardist. She can be heard nationally and internationally with ensembles such as Appian Duo, Classical Revolution and OPUS 216 and is a keyboard sub in the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Emily also accompanies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, is the senior choir accompanist at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spring Lake, Michigan, and is the piano department head at Triumph Music Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she maintains an active studio of piano students from childhood through adulthood. She has served previously as a staff accompanist at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Emily assists with major events of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society – Iota Rho Chapter and the Music Teachers National Association. She has taken first place in several competitions including the Majorie Neville Collaborative Piano Competition (2012) and the John N. Irwin Solo Piano Memorial Competition (2009).

She actively supports living composers and commissions of new works, most notably, "One for the Land (for Piano and Electronics)" by Von Hansen. This project stemmed from her desire to explore the similarities between musicians and athletes and was premiered as a music video released October 17, 2017, via YouTube. She presented this video as supplement to a workshop and open discussion with Hope students in 2018 titled, "Artists and Athletes: Overcoming Challenges Using the Creativity Muscle."


  • M.M., collaborative piano, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2013
  • B.M., piano performance, Central Michigan University, 2011 (summa cum laude)

Why I love Hope

Emily's favorite part of working at Hope College is the privilege to be part of an inspiring and fiercely positive team, which includes both faculty and students alike. She loves collaborating creatively with Hope dance and music instructors, in addition to wonderful visiting guest artists. 

Outside the College

Outside of her work at Hope College, Emily loves running and exploring Michigan parks, trails and beaches. She loves listening to music of all genres and loves to support fellow musicians and artists by attending live performances and events. She also enjoys cooking, reading and spending quality time with her family and friends.  

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Emily Grabinski

Phone Number616.395.7650

Miller Center for Musical Arts 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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