Emily Cook is a dynamic performer and educator who works to help students of all levels find joy and a sense of accomplishment in music-making. Emily has over a decade of experience teaching woodwind and piano students of all ages, from adults fulfilling a lifelong dream to young children just beginning their musical journey to ambitious high school students preparing for collegiate and honors ensemble auditions. She currently serves as the band director at St. Vincent School in Bedford, IN, and previously taught at the Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA.
As a clarinetist, Emily has performed in orchestras throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, including the Grammy-award winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the professional orchestras of Hartford, CT, Richmond, VA, Akron, OH, and Terre Haute, IN. She currently serves as bass clarinetist with the Evansville Philharmonic and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Emily is the clarinetist and artistic director for Kamratōn, an ensemble which champions the work of contemporary women composers. As a pianist, Emily frequently accompanies her students for concerts and contests and formerly served as the choir accompanist at Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry, PA. Emily has also appeared with jazz/fusion group the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective, released an album on Crucible Sound Records named as among the “Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp” in November 2019, and composes works for small ensembles and solo instrumentalists.
Emily received an artist diploma and a master’s degree from Duquesne University, where she studied with Ron Samuels and served as a graduate assistant in the music history and theory departments. Previously, Emily studied with David Bell at Lawrence University, graduating with degrees in K-12 music education and clarinet performance. She is a native of Western Illinois and is a die-hard Cubs fan. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, drinking coffee, and reading Flannery O’Connor.