Emily Barger is a native Pittsburgher excited to be returning to her hometown after 4 years in Ohio. Emily is a 2009 graduate of Norwin High School and a 2013 graduate of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio with a degree in Music Education. At Otterbein, she studied violin, voice, and bass. Post graduation from Otterbein, she returned to Pittsburgh for two years as a freelance teacher and musician. She taught youth music at First Presbyterian Church of Irwin, taught violin lessons and Music Together classes at The Music Room, performed with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, directed the middle school string ensemble of WYSO for a semester, among other things.
After 2 years she moved to Norwalk, Ohio, where she has served as the Orchestra Director for Norwalk City Schools for the past 4 years. While in Norwalk she taught 5th grade general music as well as 6th grade-high school orchestra. In addition to this, she also was a free lance musician and performed in the pit orchestras of many local high school musicals. Her students frequently participated in OMEA Solo and Ensemble contests and in the OMEA DII Honors Orchestras as well as volunteering to assist with a few local high school musical productions. Although she has been in Ohio, she has tried to maintain her local roots. She has continued to come back every summer to teach at Norwin’s summer strings camp and in 2019 coordinated the camp. As of this fall 2019, she will be serving as the Artistic Director of the Opus II Orchestra.