Daughter, father duo taking love for singing to Cedar Valley

Senior Emma Fuchtman and her father, Andy Fuchtman, have shared a love of music her whole life. They started playing together and had their first concert at Single Speed in Waterloo during fundraisers run by Emma’s mother. Emma said, “I have a really special relationship with my dad, and it’s just fun for us to get to sing together and hang out.” 

The Fuchtman family has always been surrounded by music whether it be instruments or voices. She said,  “We are all just really musical people.” 

She has been in music classes since she was in the sixth grade when she started playing the clarinet and violin. Emma also joined choir her eighth grade year. She also made it to a concert choir. 

Andy has been in bands since he was in high school. He is still in multiple bands today. 

Andy would play with his groups throughout Emma’s childhood, and then Emma started going along as she got older. 

Emma and her dad played Single Speed in Waterloo for her moms fundraiser during her sophomore year. Emma’s mom, Heidi Fuchtman, leads a non profit organization, Youth Art Team. In this group people 5-18 are able to show off their creativity through art in the Cedar Valley. 

Along with fundraising and sharing their musical gifts, the Fuchtman family owns two businesses. Verve, a local kombucha and shared plate restaurant, is in Waterloo near the Sportsplex. Verve was opened in August 2019 Emma said. “It is really community-based, and I love how close it brings everyone.” They have also owned Sidecar Coffee since November 2012.

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