Emily and her husband are the parents of four children. Emily is a pianist, vocalist, conductor, and music educator. She has been involved with teaching children piano, voice, theater and the arts for over 30 years. Emily has traveled the world with performing groups, inspiring audiences in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Venezuela, England, Israel, and in numerous places in the United States.
Emily has taught music at Waterford School in Utah and at Pinewood School in California. In 2014 Emily co-founded a private school, Meridian Academy, where she taught in the K–1 classroom as well as teaching music to all grades. She spent a few years with the One World Children’s Choir as accompanist and assistant and enjoyed going with the group on outreach tours to Mexico where they combined with young singers and instrumentalists from Mexico for combined concerts.
Emily received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Dr. Jeffrey Shumway. Following her piano studies, she continued her music education and graduated with a master’s degree in choral conducting. She was privileged to study with Dr. Ronald Staheli and Dr. Mack Wilberg. She also took private voice lessons from Dr. Rebecca Wilberg and Dr. Arden Hopkin. While pursuing her graduate degree, Emily conducted the BYU Women’s Chorus and taught undergraduate courses in conducting, sight singing, keyboard harmony, and music theory. She loved her time singing with BYU Concert Choir and BYU Singers.
Emily is also a piano teacher and currently runs a studio for 30 students out of her home in a rural part of San Diego County, California. She enjoys gardening, reading, eating out, traveling, learning new things, and being with her family.