YOLA at HOLA Music Instructor
Emily Kubitskey received her Master of Education, M. Ed., from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. During her time at Vanderbilt, Emily extensively taught for and studied the effectiveness of non-profit music organizations for children. As a freelance Teaching Artist, clarinetist, and organist in the greater Los Angeles area, Emily’s passion and career is creating an environment in which all children, particularly those who are underserved, have the opportunity to thrive personally and socially through music.
Currently, Emily is the Conductor for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s signature ‘El Sistema’ program – YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). She works at the HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) site in the Rampart District, where, as a member of the inaugural staff, she helped build the wind program and curriculum from the ground up to now 80 students from ages 8-17. Previously, Emily was a Curriculum Writer and Teaching Artist for the LA Phil’s In-School Residency Program. In this position, she created, presented, and taught curricula that were implemented in over 15 LAUSD schools, to hundreds of teachers, and over 3,000 students. Through this work, she has been featured in a PBS Educational Documentary. Emily has also been appointed as a Master Teacher for the Colburn Conservatory, where her current appointment includes conducting the top Wind Ensembles at Ramon C. Cortines Visual and Performing Arts High School in Downtown LA, as well as teaching A.P. Music Theory.
In addition to serving the needs of the El Sistema philosophy in Los Angeles, Emily owns her own Educational Consulting company, where she travels internationally to work with different programs and teachers and developing their classroom management strategies and curriculum. Her most recent appointments have been in Miami, San Francisco, South Korea, and England.