Emily Rew, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, has been performing as a singer and an instrumentalist for the past 15 years. She began playing the flute in the 4th grade and has been singing in choirs since she was in middle school. At the University of Texas at Austin, she performed for four years as a soprano and soloist with the top choral ensemble, the Chamber Singers, alongside graduate and doctoral students. Most recently she has performed as a member and soloist with Vox Femina Los Angeles, a highly diverse women’s chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect women.
Emily discovered her passion for teaching at Camp John Marc, a camp for children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities in the Texas hill country, where she taught group guitar, rock band, and choir classes. She continued to work with young musicians in 2013 as a festival intern at the prestigious Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in Atherton, CA.
For the past year, Emily was in Los Angeles pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching where she studied music education and social justice. During the program she assisted and taught wind instrument ensembles for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at the Heart of Los Angeles, an El-Sistema inspired music program partnered with a community center located in the Rampart District of Los Angeles.
In addition to teaching and performing music, Emily is an avid lover of outdoor recreation and education, having spent a few years leading backpacking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, teaching outdoor and survival skills classes in Colorado, Texas, and California, and working as a rafting guide on the Nantahala and Pigeon rivers in the Southeastern U.S. This work as an outdoor educator has inspired her to take wilderness teambuilding and leadership development principles into the music classroom.
Emily is excited to be back in her hometown pursuing her passions and teaching with B Sharp Youth Music!