By Marissa Hatlen
The Birch Creek Symphony Program has helped students’ love of music bloom since 1975. But in recent years, it’s helped bring about another love story. Emmy Holmes-Hicks, a former student of Birch Creek, began dating Piero Guimaraes while both studied music in graduate school. Her connection to the symphony program led them to become instructors there together, where they grew close with their fellow faculty members. One of those faculty members, Jodie DeSalvo, even had a hand in their engagement: Guimaraes, still a graduate student, didn’t have enough money to buy a ring, but when DeSalvo heard, she offered a creative solution that added some humor to the couple’s engagement.
Guimaraes and Holmes-Hicks continue to teach at Birch Creek, where this summer’s music season reaches its finale this week. The two remaining concerts will be held at Dutton Concert Barn at 7:30 tonight and Saturday; tickets are $29 for adults. For more information on the Birch Creek Symphony, you can click on the link to their website; the full interview with Holmes-Hicks and Guimaraes is also available below.