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Emily Grabinski Conklin

Based in Grand Rapids, MI, pianist Emily Grabinski Conklin enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, dance accompanist, and orchestral keyboardist. She can be heard with ensembles such as Appian Duo, OPUS 216, and the West Michigan Symphony. She has served previously as staff pianist at Hope College, Ashland University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Turning Pointe School of Dance and is presently the Faculty Accompanist and Tutorial Coordinator for Grand Rapids Community College.

Emily 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 a supplement to a workshop and open discussion with Hope College students in 2018 titled, “Artists and Athletes: Overcoming Challenges Using the Creativity Muscle.”

As a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Emily has found cultivating her private studio in downtown Grand Rapids to be one of her greatest musical and personal joys. She works with students ranging in age from early childhood to late adulthood and is also a coach for the Grand Rapids Chamber Music Program, which provides ensemble coaching and performance opportunities to young artists during a week-long summer intensive as well as variously throughout the year.

Emily loves to listen to music of all genres and to support fellow musicians by attending live performances and events. She holds the degrees MM in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music and BM in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University.

Degrees and Certifications

  • MM in Collaborative Piano
  • BM in Piano Performance


Emily Smith
Grabinski Conklin
MM Collaborative Piano
Professor, Collaborative Pianist
(616) 234-3180
113 Music Center