Artist-Teacher of Piano; Chair, Keyboard Division; Chair, Graduate Collaborative Piano Degree Program
Recently appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano at Ohio University, pianist Emely Phelps enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Praised by the Boston Globe for her “fleet, energetic, and bright-toned” playing, Emely made her solo orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as the grand prizewinner of their Young Soloists Competition, and has since been a featured soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Little River Symphony, McLean Symphony, and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She has presented solo recitals throughout North America and Europe, with annual appearances in New York and Boston beginning in 2016, and additional highlights including recitals at Slot Schagen and Muiderslot in the Netherlands, Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion Series, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Alden Theater, Meredith College, and Glen Eyrie.
From 2008-2016, Emely was the pianist of Trio Cleonice, with whom she performed in more than 15 states, toured Europe - including a recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam - and won second prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. The group also served as the Graduate Piano Trio-in-Residence at New England Conservatory from 2011-2014, actively highlighted piano trios of the 20th and 21st centuries - including a trio written for the group by Richard Wernick, and for 2 ½ years curated a monthly chamber music series, Trio Cleonice and Friends, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Besides her work with Trio Cleonice, Emely has also appeared as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet and has attended numerous chamber music festivals, including five summers at Yellow Barn, three summers at Kneisel Hall, and two summers at Banff, as well as the International Holland Music Sessions and Four Seasons Winter Workshop. She currently maintains active duo partnerships with violist Jonathan Bagg and flutist Hannah Porter Occeña, and performs regularly with Electric Earth concerts.
Emely currently teaches applied piano and keyboard repertoire at Ohio University, and heads the graduate collaborative piano degree program at the school. Prior to her appointment at OU, she was the head piano TA at Stony Brook University, teaching for and managing their undergraduate piano program. Emely has also been on the faculties the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, and Icicle Creek’s Young Pianists Camp. She has maintained private teaching studios in New York and Boston for over a decade, was a member of the piano faculty at The Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan from 2008-2010, and has coached chamber music at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division and Stony Brook University.
A native of Frederick, Maryland, Emely studied with Carole Kriewaldt and Marjorie Lee before receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Julian Martin. She also studied with Vivian Weilerstein during Trio Cleonice’s tenure at NEC, receiving a Graduate Diploma in chamber music. Emely recently completed her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University with Christina Dahl.