Emily Schaad started her career on violin and viola, attending The Juilliard School and earning a B.M. in Viola Performance from Curtis Institute of Music. She holds an M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University and is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Boston University.
Ms. Schaad has acted as music director of Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestras and Greenville County Youth Orchestras. She is a founder and artistic director of Stringendo, Inc., a community music school in New York’s Hudson Valley comprised of youth orchestras, traditional fiddle groups, and summer camp. Her ensembles have performed at music education conferences, competitions, evaluation festivals, and in schools, concert halls, and castles. Ms. Schaad has taught elementary, middle, and high school strings in New York State and is a frequent guest conductor for all-county and regional festival orchestras.
Emily is also a seasoned old-time musician, has taken first place in fiddle and old-time band at numerous fiddlers conventions, and has released several recordings. She attended NEMC for four summers as a camper.