School of Music

School of Music Faculty


Emily Hart
Instructor, Oboe
Browne 128
Phone: (309) 298-1544

An alumna of Western Illinois University and an Illinois native, Oboist Emily Hart has performed in a variety of innovative ensembles around the globe. As an orchestral musician 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. Emily also enjoys an active chamber music career, and is a member of the Toronto-based Tiburón Woodwind Quintet, winners of the 2016 Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. She has performed with the Madrigalia Chamber Ensemble, and can be heard on their most recent album On This Day, Earth Shall Ring. Emily is also growing increasingly interested in New Music, and has been a member of Musica Nova at the Eastman School of Music, the New Music Ensemble of the Royal Conservatory, and the Eastman Sinfonietta, which performs works exclusively composed by Eastman School of Music composers.

Prior to her appointment at Western Illinois University, Emily served as Instructor of Oboe at the Eastman Community Music School from 2014-2015 and taught at the Summer Music Institute at Western Illinois University, teaching oboe technique classes as well as serving as director of the oboe studio camp in 2014 and again in 2016. For the past six summers Emily has been actively involved in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program, both as a musician and as an administrator and has also been a member of the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and Band.

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. Other principal teachers include Sarah Jeffrey (Principal Oboe, Toronto Symphony Orchestra), and Michael Ericson (Western Illinois University).