Emily Theobald is a flute performance major at the USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Jim Walker. She graduated from Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts in 2010. She studied with Judy Grant in the Young Artist Program of the Boston Flute Academy, and previously with Judy Braude. Named a BFA Young Artist in Fall 2008, she performed in master classes with Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal flute Elizabeth Rowe, BSO piccolo Cynthia Meyers, Jim Walker, Keith Underwood, Danielle Boudrot, and Rachel Braude.
In her sophomore year, Ms. Theobald was chosen as one of eight international finalists to compete in the final round of the 2008 National Flute Association High School Soloist competition at the National Flute Association convention in Kansas City.
Ms. Theobald has been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, having spent one year as a member of the Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Joel Bard, and two years as a member of the Boston Youth Symphony under Maestro Federico Cortese. As a member of the Boston Youth Symphony, she performed in such prominent Boston venues as Boston Symphony Hall and Sanders Theatre. She performed major orchestral works with the BYS, such as Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Stravinsky Rite of Spring, and Mahler Symphony 5. She traveled to Great Britain with the Boston Youth Symphony during the summer of 2010.
In the summer of 2009, Ms. Theobald was granted a merit scholarship to spend six weeks at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. As a student at the conservatory-style program, she performed weekly concerts with both the orchestra (under the direction of Keith Lockart and guest conductor Larry Rachleff of Rice University) and the wind ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Kraig Allen Williams of the University of Memphis). While at Brevard, she received private lessons with Marianne Gedigian and Renee Krimsier, in addition to participating in numerous masterclasses. Over the six weeks, she enjoyed working with members of the composition studio, premiering a wind quintet written by one of the students, and reading newly-written works for orchestra and wind ensemble. Ms. Theobald was invited to represent the students as a distinguished student at the annual trustee dinner. Also in the summer of 2009, she attended Jim Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.