Emily Sapa is a professional flutist, music teacher and Alexander Technique teacher (M.AmSAT), active in the San Francisco Bay Area and North Dakota. She received degrees in flute performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with Immanuel Davis, and Drake University and performs in a variety of solo, chamber and orchestra settings around the country.
Emily thoroughly enjoys sharing music with students of all ages and abilities. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has been a faculty member of colleges, including Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University, Mankato; community music schools, including St. Joseph's School of Music, St. Paul, MN; and summer music camps, including International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden. In addition she has a thriving private studio in Berkeley, CA and teaches flute in the Berkeley, Oakland and Piedmont public schools. Emily coaches chamber ensembles and has directed the flute choirs at Gustavus and St. Joe's.
Emily discovered the Alexander Technique during her musical studies and found it to be an effective way of helping her learn to release excess tension built up from years of flute playing, as well as a means to more fully liberate her tone and musicality. She completed a three-year, 1600 hour teacher training program at Alexander Technique School New England under the direction of Missy Vineyard in 2014 and currently offers private lessons and group classes in the Bay Area and Bismarck, North Dakota.