Emily Preston is an Ithaca native who holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Queens College as well as 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 where she co-directed the Gospel Choir, 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. She presented a session to Ithaca ACDA in 2016 entitled “#BLACKMUSICMATTERS; A Historical look at the Inclusion of African American Musical Forms In the Secondary School Curricula in the United States.” She also was a panelist for a session at the 2014 NYSSMA Conference, “Teaching Choral Music in an Urban Setting.”
In the fall of 2018, Emily served as the sabbatical replacement to Dr. Janet Galvan at Ithaca College. Her duties included conducting the Women’s Chorale and the Madrigal Ensemble. Emily is the Associate Conductor of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, a community choir devoted to the performance of spirituals and Gospel music.