Flutist Emlyn Johnson is a performer, educator, and presenter based in Rochester, New York. An advocate for new music, Dr. Johnson is flutist with the Slee Sinfonietta and a regular performer at the June in Buffalo Festival. She has recently performed with Ensemble Signal, Eastman BroadBand, The Ritsos Project, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, the Switch Ensemble, and Eastman's Musica Nova.
Dr. Johnson is the creator and director of Music in the American Wild (www.musicintheamericanwild.com), a new music initiative honoring the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service through the commissioning and premiering of new chamber works at several national parks. She is also the founding director of Sunset Concerts (www.facebook.com/sunsetconcerts), a free chamber music series in Rochester that has actively engaged musicians and audiences since 2014.
Dr. Johnson is a recent prizewinner of the Texas Flute Society's Myrna Brown Competition, and she can be heard on recordings of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and University of Michigan Symphony Band. She is an active performer in western New York and beyond, and in Rochester her involvement in the flute community spreads to her work as Program Chair of the Rochester Flute Association.
An enthusiastic educator, Dr. Johnson is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute at University at Buffalo, where she teaches the flute studio and directs the PLOSION flute ensemble. Dr. Johnson was also the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at SUNY Oswego during the 2014-2015 year. She taught at the Eastman Community Music School for many years and currently has active private studios in Rochester and Buffalo. She was a 2013 winner of Eastman's prestigious Teaching Assistant prize, and in 2012 she taught flute at the summer arts camp Belvoir Terrace.
Dr. Johnson recently completed her doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd. Her past teachers include Amy Porter and Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith.