Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Emily Edgington Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development. In 2013 Emily was appointed Artistic Director for the Columbia Chorale, and under her baton has helped to expand the organization, now in its 38th season, to include eleven choral ensembles. Under its new umbrella title Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the organization offers exceptional choral experiences accessible to everyone from youth to adults. Emily serves as the Assistant Conductor for CAAM’s permanent professional Artists-in-Residence, Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, managing the ensemble and assisting in conducting the highly sought-after ensemble.
Emily is the Director of Community Music Outreach at the University of Missouri, where she serves as a community liaison for the MU School of Music, and is an Assistant Choral Director, working with the women of Concert Chorale and teaching conducting. She also teaches adjunct at Stephens College, working with the young women in the Performance Arts School. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Emily enters her ninth year as one of the vocal music teachers at Columbia Independent School, the city’s only non-sectarian college preparatory campus, conducting two of the six ensembles, an Honor Choir for students in grades 4-5 and a select vocal jazz ensemble for 8th-12th graders.conducting two of the six ensembles for students in grades 4-12. This upcoming year marks Emily’s twelfth year as conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO, where she maintains a thriving music program, conducting the 45-member Adult Choir of volunteer and paid musicians.
Emily regularly serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Emily received her degrees in Music at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (B.A.; M.A.) and at the University of Missouri (M.M.).