Dr. Emily Yang

Cello Teacher, Administrator

Emily Yang

SAA Member


Greenbelt, MD

Former Cello Faculty, McGill Conservatory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2016-2018, Cello, Suzuki Cello, Cello Group), President, Teacher, Suzuki Musique Montreal (2016-2018), Associate Faculty (Cello, Suzuki Cello, Cello Group, Chamber Music, Music Mind Games), Levine School of Music (2004-2015), Faculty, Boston Conservatory Division of Special Programs (1995-2004), Suzuki Institute of Boston, Brookline Music School, All Newton Music School, Westford Strings, Powers Music School (2000-2004), Cello Section Coach, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Founder and Director, Greenbelt Cello Choir, Ensemble BUCelli (BU Cello Choir), Guest Faculty, National Sun Yet Sen University (Cello, Pedagogy). DMA, Boston University, 2000, Dissertation “Supplemental Material for the Suzuki Cello Core Repertoire, as used by Selected American Teachers”. MM, Boston Conservatory, BA, Univeristy of Michigan, Mathematics and Music, with Honors.

Boston University Deans Award Scholarship, Boston University McDonald Scholarship, University of Michigan LSA and Miss Newmans Scholarships, Boston Conservatory Scholarship, American Suzuki Institute and SAA Scholarships. Registered Suzuki Teacher Training with Alice Vierra, Nancy Hair, Gilda Barston, Rick Mooney, Carol Tarr, Beth Cantrell, Jerilee Kechley, Sue Baer, Pam Devenport, David Evenchick at Chicago Suzuki Institute, American Suzuki Institute Stevens Point, Ithaca College, Hartt Suzuki Institute, Greater Washington Suzuki Institute, Montreal Suzuki Institute, Brookline Music School, Levine. Cello with George Neikrug, Leslie Parnas, Michael Reynolds, Andres Diaz, and Brian Manker.

Dr Emily Yang has been Suzuki cello for about 20 years. She has been blessed with many wonderful students and some truly exceptional performers who have gone on to performances on NPR’s ‘From the Top’, prizewinner at competitions such as the Fischcoff Chamber Music Competitions, and to studies at Julliard, New England Conservatory, Harvard, Tanglewood, Frost School of Music University of Miami, Dartmouth, Princeton, Cornell, NYU, Purdue, Northwestern University, University of Maryland, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, etc, with scholarships and honors, and a few who are beginning careers as professional musicians. Levine School of Music’s Senior Honors Cellist was recently among her students. Mostly, her students are wonderful people with a lifelong gift of music. She seeks to develop the heart of the child through music like Dr Suzuki.

Emily has played in String Quartets and Chamber ensembles with members of US Marine Orchestra, Army Orchestra and Air Force Strings, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Strathmore String Quartet, Celebrated String Quartet, Capitol String Trio, Briar Rose Quartet, Opera NOVA, Zarzuela Di Si, Levine and McGill Conservatory Faculty Recitals. Her other interests include cross country skiing, hiking, healthy eating (including indoor vegetable gardening during the long Montreal winter) and family life. She is currently accepting students at her private studio in Greenbelt, Maryland/Washington DC.

“I love to help people who want to communicate with music learn to play cello well, with beautiful tone and physical comfort and dexterity, including young students from the beginning of study, and anyone who wants to let their music come out through comfortable and flexible cello playing—meeting them where they are and assisting them with their learning. Our bodies know how to play the instrument naturally and comfortably, we can let our comfortable relaxed body teach us, and we have many tools to access this knowledge within our body. To communicate musically, we need the heart of a poet and skill of an athlete. I have also been blessed to have many wonderful experiences over many years of teaching bringing very young children through the Suzuki Cello repertoire to a beautiful advanced level of cello playing. I seek to develop the heart of the person through music like Dr Suzuki.”