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Emily Wozniak

Revitalizing Classical Music
Video Description: 

Emily shares a unique approach for getting more people, especially younger generations, to connect with classical music. Her group Sound ExChange breaks from the orchestral tradition and seats audience members amongst the musicians. This enriches the experience of both the audience member and the musician. Members of SoundExChange will perform at the event."

Emily Wozniak is a first-year master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing degrees in horn performance and music education and a certificate in arts leadership. She has performed in various summer music festivals including Aspen, Sarasota, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Prior to moving to Rochester, Emily taught horn for two years in Houston public schools and for one year in YOURS, an inner-city after-school music program in Chicago.Besides performing and teaching, Emily has entrepreneurial interests in music. She has interned with the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and volunteers as a development associate for the Rochester Oratorio Society. Emily started Sound ExChange in the fall of 2011 to make a positive change in the position of classical music in contemporary society by focusing on ways to engage new listeners and facilitate a social and intellectual exchange between audiences and musicians. As the winner of the 2012 Eastman New Venture Challenge, a contest designed to encourage innovative ideas in music, Emily received funding to design creative programs for Sound ExChange that will bring classical music to varied audiences throughout the Rochester community. Emily is excited about the creativity young musicians bring to classical music and hopes Sound ExChange will ignite a music revolution. Outside of music, Emily enjoys art projects (using bright colors), learning about everything, cooking, and outdoor adventures.