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Emily McNeil


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Emily McNeil has been a member of the Piedmont Wind Symphony flute section since 2009. Originally from Lewiston, Idaho, Emily is a graduate of the University of Idaho with degrees in music education and flute performance. She was the Presser Scholar at the Lionel Hampton School of Music in 2003. She has played flute and piccolo with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as well as in the Moscow Arts Commission Band. Emily has always enjoyed teaching flute lessons and has maintained a private studio since 1996. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and running have been activities that Emily enjoys. In 2004, Emily moved to Greensboro, NC to student teach and take flute lessons with Dr Tadeu Coelho. She then worked as a residence hall director, flute ensemble instructor, and band assistant at Greensboro College. In 2005, Emily played in the UNC Greensboro Wind Ensemble and University Band as well as the Greensboro Community Concert Band. She also worked in the band office at UNCG where she started working for the UNCG Summer Music Camp. She has also worked at the University of Idaho Summer Music Camp in Moscow, Idaho, and Flathead Lake Music Camp in Rollins, Montana.


In 2006, Emily moved to Ithaca, New York to start pursuing her masters degree in flute performance. She earned her masters degree in flute performance in 2008 from Ithaca College. She also played in the Cornell University New Music Ensemble as well as the Ithaca Concert Band. Emily has been the band director at East Rowan High School in Salisbury, NC since March of 2009. Her students have earned honors to play at all district band, the high school honors performance series at Carnegie Hall as well as the Sydney Opera House. Her ensembles consistently earn high ratings. She plays in the flute ensemble, “Flutes on Fourth” in Winston-Salem, as well as the Piedmont Wind Symphony. In 2017, Emily was named National Band Director of the Year by the National Association for Music Education. She was also named teacher of the year at East Rowan High School for the 2018-2019 school year. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the National Flute Association. Emily enjoys watching baseball including major and minor league games and cheering on her husbands baseball team that he coaches. She loves spending time with her daughter, Tenley, and visiting family whenever she gets the chance. 


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