A highly experienced musician, educator, program designer and project leader, Emily brings a wealth of valuable knowledge & skills to the arts and education sector. For five years, she directed the Learning & Community Engagement Program for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where she designed, developed and produced significant innovative music programs for young people and communities. Her new commissions, student mentorship initiatives, community partnerships & creative projects have been widely celebrated both nationally and internationally.
As director of Connecting the Dots in Music, Emily collaboratively builds and delivers high impact community-focussed music programs in partnership with multiple organisations, services and people. With a focus on “building connections for a better world through music”, Emily seeks to develop outstanding quality and sustainable music education programs that are accessible to all young people. Emily is particularly passionate about working to embed music education across communities by providing support and training to all organisations/service providers working with young people.
Highlight Commissions/Creative Projects (as Producer):
• What do you do with an Idea? (2018) composed by Paul Rissmann based on New York Times best-seller by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom. World Premiere performed by Young Adelaide Voices and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The work is making its overseas premiere by London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in 2019.
• The Petrushka Project (2016), directed by Paul Rissmann (Arts SA Ruby Awards Best Project finalist)
• Herman and Rosie (2017) composed by Mark Simeon Ferguson, based on the book by Gus Gordon
• The Bush Concert (2015) composed by Mark Simeon Ferguson, based on the book by Helga Visser. The work made its full orchestral debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2017 and has since been performed by tens of thousands of young people in Australia and China by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestras and Melbourne Youth Orchestra.
Current Projects (Project Leader)
• The Lullaby Project, an international partnership with Carnegie Hall in the Southern suburbs of Adelaide
• Sing and Song of Sixpence: Making Music Matter, in partnership with Raising Literacy Australia
• Music for All Project: FANCY PANTS, in partnership with Kilparrin School, Australian Youth Orchestra and City of Marion, directed by Paul Rissmann and Belinda McFarlane.
For fifteen years, Emily has carried out extensive research to investigate innovative models of music education, with a focus on partnerships between professional arts companies, community services and schools. As the recipient of an Arts South Australia Individual Development Grant In 2019, she will be travelling to New York, London, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle to connect with world-leading organisations to further research innovative best-practice music education initiatives for Australia, including El-Sistema inspired programs within disadvantaged communities.
As a music educator, cellist and conductor, Emily holds the position of Director of Strings at Immanuel College, Adelaide. She has led thought-provoking workshops that explore the notion of Music Education in Partnership as the key to unlocking the door to accessible and quality music education for all. Emily is a longstanding Council member of the Australian Society for Music Education (SA) and is a member of the Board of the youth choir, Young Adelaide Voices.