Emma H. Sway

Senior Assistant Conductor

Emma H. Sway is a Senior Assistant Conductor at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. She is the principal conductor of YPC’s Prelude division, assistant conductor of YPC’s Chorale division, and a conductor in YPC’s School Choruses program. She has prepared YPC choruses for numerous high-profile performances and recordings, most recently preparing the YPC children’s choruses for Jake Hegge’s Dead Man Walking and John Adams’ El Niño at the Metropolitan Opera. Emma is also a professional violinist and vocalist, and is a frequent violin accompanist in YPC’s concerts in New York City and abroad.

Emma’s love for music and people brought her to YPC. Through her work, she hopes to inspire not just a love of music, but a love of working together towards something you could never achieve alone. When not teaching and conducting, Emma is an active performer, writer and composer, with original plays and music developed at Yale University, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, Quinnipiac University, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She holds a BA in Music and Education from Yale University and a Masters in Music Education from The Hartt School, with Kodály and FAME certification.