Emblems Quintet

We are dedicated to the enrichment of our individual and collective communities through a shared commitment to social advocacy through music performance and education.

Emblems Quintet is dedicated to the enrichment of our individual and collective communities through a shared commitment to social advocacy through music performance and education.


Emblems Quintet is a collective of five diverse musicians with a range of artistic and professional backgrounds that enrich our unique brand of musicality. Our mission has two overarching goals. The first demonstrates our commitment to inclusive programming; we bring to the stage works by composers of our time as well as pieces by composers that have been historically overlooked or brushed aside. Our second goal emphasizes the vitality of education through musical performance. Each member of Emblems is a passionate teacher dedicated to enriching communities through interactive concerts, masterclasses, and workshops.

The members of Emblems are current students and recent alumni from the University of Michigan, but are originally from all over the world! Caroline is a Michigan native, Brandon and Clarissa are from the west coast of the United States, Merryl is  South African and Canadian, and Alex has roots in Hawaii and Japan. Emblems Quintet aims to provide an example for the power of chamber music—when a small group of unique individuals, each an "emblem" in their own right, unite to create something beautiful and meaningful together.

We will be giving our inaugural concerts in early March - please check out our Events page for more info! 

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Photography by Chris O'Brien