Assistant Conductor

Emma Sway is an Assistant Conductor at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. She is the principal conductor of YPC’s community choruses at Goddard Riverside and Washington Heights, is a conductor for the YPC Schools Choruses program and assists with YPC’s Chorale division. In addition to conducting for YPC, Emma manages the production of several YPC events, including its annual Vocal Resolutions Summit.  She is a professional violinist and singer and is a frequent instrumental accompanist in YPC’s concerts in New York City and on tour abroad.

Emma’s love for music and people brought her to YPC, and 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.

Emma is beginning her fifth year at YPC. She joined the organization upon graduating from Yale University, where she also worked as a Teaching Artist for the Yale Music in Schools Initiative. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a certificate in Education Studies.  In 2021, Emma received her Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. She is currently finishing her Kodály certification.  She grew up in New Jersey, just outside of NYC.