Emily Russell was a Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra student from 2012-2015. Now, she is attending Appalachian State University studying elementary and music education.
What do you remember most about your WSYO experience? I remember being introduced to a wide range of music which, as a trumpet player, I would not have been introduced to otherwise.
I also enjoyed collaborating with other musicians my age and sharing ideas
Universities attended and degrees earned: Appalachian State University - currently studying elementary and music education.
Do you still play your instrument? Yes, for fun and professionally!
What have you been up to since you left WSYO or won the concerto competition? I started attending Appalachian State University where I have been studying education specifically in music and elementary studies. I have studied under renowned trumpet professor Dr. James Stokes and participated in many ensembles such as the trumpet choir, marching mountaineers, symphony band, and many more. I have also given two trumpet recitals. I also became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota - an international women’s fraternity dedicated to furthering music in the world. After graduation, I plan to get licensure in Preschool education so that I can instill the love of music in even the youngest minds.