Emily Wozniak is actively realizing a vision to make classical music vital and relevant to contemporary culture. Emily studied horn performance, music education and arts leadership at the Eastman School of Music and completed her Master of Music degree in 2013. At Eastman, she currently works in Advancement as an Engagement Officer and as an instructor in the school’s Arts Leadership Program. Through her various roles at Eastman, Emily combines her interests in fundraising, sustainability and entrepreneurship in the arts.
As a performer, Emily participated in summer music festivals at Aspen and Sarasota and with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. An advocate for music education, Emily taught extensively in Houston public schools for two years and subsequently focused on designing partnerships between ensembles and public school programs for her master's degree research at Eastman. Most recently, her collaborative education research was accepted into the 2015 Research Conference at the University of Exeter, UK. Additionally, Emily and participating teacher Lynn Grossman received Yale Distinguished Music Educator awards for their work with Sound ExChange/Helendale Partnership.
As a graduate student at Eastman, Emily was heavily involved in the Arts Leadership Program (ALP) and worked with noted philanthropist Paul Judy to conduct research and write a paper analyzing models for emerging artist-led chamber ensembles. Upon graduating, she developed curriculum for and currently teaches the ALP course, Creating and Sustaining a Professional Ensemble. In fall 2015, she will launch a new course, Engaging Audiences through Collaborative Artistry, which will focus on giving students the skills necessary to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations.
Emily is perhaps most excited about the creativity young artists bring to the field of classical music and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Eastman community and local collaborators through Sound ExChange. Under Emily’s leadership, Sound ExChange has been recognized with awards from Eastman’s New Venture Challenge, the New York State Business Plan Competition, and Digital Rochester. Excited to share ideas and spark meaningful dialogue, Emily has given a TedxTalk and was recently a moderator for the 2015 Chamber Music America Conference.