Emily Townsend

2017 Round Top Music Festival

Emily Townsend
Viola
Dallas, TX
Loyola University New Orleans (BM)
Emily enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician living in Dallas, TX. She currently plays with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Valley Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the exhilarating Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In addition to performing, she is a passionate violin and viola instructor and maintains a private studio. She received her Bachelor of Music degree Magna cum Laude with University Honors at Loyola University New Orleans under the tutelage of Bruce Owen. During her two years at Loyola University she was awarded "Outstanding String Student" in 2015 and both "Outstanding Music Theory Student" and "Outstanding Music History Student" in 2016. Her undergraduate honors thesis, "Developing Variation: An Analysis of Methods by Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schoenberg," won the Constance Mui, Ph.D. and John T. Sebastian, Ph.D. Outstanding Fine Arts Research Award for the University Honors Program. From 2015-16 she was principal violist of the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less ensemble led by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as Concertmaster. Prior to her time in New Orleans, Townsend studied with Andrea Priester Houde at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV from 2010-12.

Townsend will attend Southern Methodist University this fall in pursuit of both Master of Music in Viola Performance and Theory Pedagogy degrees as a recipient of a Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award.