EMILIA CHIROY is the Director for Choristers and the Associate Director for Tour and Ambassador Choirs. Emilia was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Emporia State University in 2011. She was awarded ESU’s Outstanding Secondary Education Student of the Year Award in the Spring of 2012. Emilia began her teaching career in Emporia at Turning Point Learning Center (K-12 Charter School) before moving into an elementary music position at William Allen White Elementary for 3 years. She then spent the next 6 years teaching middle school choir in the Shawnee Mission School District. Certified to teach K-12 instrumental as well, Emilia also plays the cello and has a background in teaching strings.
In addition to teaching, Emilia is a founding member of the Tallgrass Chamber Choir, a professional ensemble of musicians from across the Great Plains under the direction of Jacob Narverud. Named after the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills, their repertoire includes Gregorian chant, new editions of Renaissance and Baroque choral classics, and new works written by prominent national and international composers. The Tallgrass Chamber Choir was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2021. She is also an active member of KMEA, ACDA and NAfME, and served as the Kansas Music Educators Association Middle Level Choir Chair from 2019-2021.
Emilia is excited to spend this upcoming school year working with the Lawrence Children’s Choir and accompanying at Summit Trail Middle School in Olathe. Outside of music activities, she keeps busy planning her upcoming nuptials to fiancé Mike and playing USTA tennis.