Emily Richards is an Ithaca College graduate with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice. She is proud to be one of the conductors, as well as an alumni, of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus, directing both the Prelude ensemble and the new Dolce ensemble.  She has taught music to all ages from infants through adults and continues to teach baby and toddler classes in town. She has experience performing various styles of music including opera, as a member of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and classical, as well as folk music, world music, choral music, and ensemble work. She has performed with a variety of different choral groups throughout her life and has been a frequent soloist in many of those groups. As the Director of Education at CSMA she utilizes her many years of organizational, management and office experience from her time as the District Promotions Coordinator at Regal Entertainment Group, Admissions Guide and Instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, and Director of Finger Lakes Adventure Gaming. Emily is also a mom to two amazing girls and loves spending time playing, singing, creating, traveling, and exploring with her family.