University of Alaska Fairbanks music student Emerson Eads is one of 10 people nationwide selected to participate in the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conducting Workshop next month.
"This workshop is a terrific opportunity for me, not just because of the teacher, but because of the professional orchestra," said Emerson
, a senior in the music program.
Son of pianist and composer Emerson Eads Sr., Emerson has been surrounded with music his whole life.
grew up in Delta Junction, where his
high school music teacher introduced him to vocal studies, music theory, sight singing, conducting and orchestration.
After high school, Emerson earned a bachelor's degree in history education with a minor in music from Covenant Life College.
He taught choir and band at Whitestone High School in Delta Junction for six years before coming to UAF in 2009.
During his time in Delta Junction, Emerson also directed the Whitestone Community Choir and the Delta Community Choir.
In addition to his work conducting, Emerson is a vocalist and composer.
resume includes the composition of a seven-minute work, "Homeland," celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alaska's Statehood, which was performed by Opera Fairbanks.
studies with music department faculty members Jaunelle Celaire and Eduard Zilberkant.
"Composition and conducting are both equal passions of mine," he