Emily Edgington Andrews 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 University Women’s Choir and teaching classes in conducting and entrepreneurship.
Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development. In 2013 she was appointed Artistic Director for the Columbia Chorale, an adult mixed choral ensemble, and under her baton has helped to expand the organization now in its 40th season to include ten choral ensembles for youth through adults under the new umbrella title Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM). In addition to her role as Artistic Director, she conducts three choirs and serves as the Assistant Conductor for the professional choir Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort. In recognition for her tireless efforts to promote positive change through the arts in the community, Andrews was recently awarded the Missourian Progress in the Arts.
This is her tenth year as one of the vocal music teachers at Columbia Independent School, the city’s only non-sectarian college preparatory campus, where she conducts two extra-curricular ensembles, and twelfth year as choir conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO.
Andrews 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. She received her degrees in Music at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (B.A.; M.A.) and at the University of Missouri (M.M.).