Emily Preston is a native of Ithaca, New York and a proud alumna of the Ithaca Children’s Choir. She holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Queens College in addition to a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Ithaca College. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she majored in Vocal Performance and Musicology. Emily taught for over ten years in New York City, including choral director positions at the Children’s Storefront School in Harlem and Hunter College High School, a gifted and talented magnet school in Manhattan. Most recently she served as the K-12 Vocal Music Director at Mary McDowell Friends School, a Quaker school for students with learning disabilities in Brooklyn, NY. Emily has a strong interest in music from the African American tradition and advocates for its inclusion in school general music and choral programs. In 2014, she was a panelist for a session at the 2014 NYSSMA Conference entitled “Teaching Choral Music in an Urban Setting.” In 2016, she presented a session to Ithaca ACDA entitled “#BLACKMUSICMATTERS; A Historical look at the Inclusion of African American Musical Forms In the Secondary School Curricula in the United States.”
Emily recently served as the sabbatical replacement to Dr. Janet Galvan at Ithaca College. Her duties included conducting the Women’s Chorale and the Madrigal Ensemble. She also was recently appointed as the associate director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, a community choir devoted to the performance of spirituals and Gospel music.