Emily Schaefer

Teaching Assistant Professor of Horn, Ear Training


Dr. Emily Schaefer is assistant professor of horn, teaching horn and ear training, as well as coaching chamber ensembles.

In 2018, she was appointed to fourth horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Schaefer has had the privilege of performing with numerous other orchestras, including the Omaha Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. While living in New York City, she served as principal horn in the Off-Broadway production of A Little Night Music. As a member of Plaza Winds, she performed over 75 concerts and recitals for retirement communities, students and Kansas City community members.

In 2018 she performed as a member of the orchestra for the Maverick Concert Series in Woodstock, NY, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. She was resident artist for the summer of 2019 at Caroga Lake Music Festival in Caroga Lake, NY. Her previous summer activities have included the National Orchestral Institute, Festival Napa Valley, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Eastern Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and New York University Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music Workshops.

Schaefer has extensive experience teaching students spanning a wide range of ages and skills. While an undergraduate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she held the position of horn teacher at The University School in Shaker Heights, OH. Throughout her studies at The Juilliard School, she taught and coached exceptionally talented high school students in The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras as the horn mentor. Schaefer was recently serving as the horn teacher and coach at numerous elementary, middle and high schools within the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. She was appointed interim adjunct professor of horn at Bethel College in North Newton, KS, for the Fall 2018 semester. She maintains her own studio of private students ranging from young beginners to professionals.

Schaefer received her DMA at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in May of 2019, where she studied with Martin Hackleman and was a member of the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet (Plaza Winds). She holds degrees in horn performance from The Juilliard School (Master of Music) and Cleveland Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music). She has studied with outstanding teachers including Karen Schubert of the Opera Philadelphia, Richard King of The Cleveland Orchestra and Erik Ralske of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.