School of Music

School of Music Faculty


Emily Hart, M.M. (Oboe Performance and Literature)
Assistant Professor, Oboe
Browne Hall 120

Emily Hart is Assistant Professor of Oboe at Western Illinois University, joining the faculty of the School of Music in 2015. Prior to her appointment at WIU she was a member of the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY, and currently serves on the summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. An active performer and educator, Emily consistently curates and performs engaging recital programs, and has performed in a variety of innovated ensembles around the world.

Emily maintains an active orchestral schedule and is currently acting principal oboe of the Knox-Galesburg symphony. In 2017 she was a featured guest artist appearing with the Quincy Symphony, playing the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto to open the 2017-2018 season. She has performed with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra in Rochester, NY, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto, Ontario, and a variety of ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, including the Eastman Philharmonia and the Eastman Chamber Orchestra. Emily has performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors including Leon Fleischer, Julian Kuerti, and Johannes Debus. An avid chamber musician, Emily is a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, ensemble-in-residence at WIU, and is a founding member of the Toronto-based woodwind quintet Tiburón V, winners of the 2016 Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. She has also performed with the Madrigalia Chamber Ensemble, and can be heard on their album On This Day, Earth Shall Ring. A proponent of modern music, she actively programs modern solo repertoire into her recital programs and has been a member of several new music ensembles including Musica Nova at the Eastman School of Music, and the New Music Ensemble of the Royal Conservatory.

Emily holds a Master of Music in Oboe Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of Richard Killmer, and a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Western Illinois University. Other principal teachers include Sarah Jeffrey (Principal Oboe, Toronto Symphony Orchestra), and Michael Ericson (Western Illinois University).