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 teaches flute at Oakland School for the Arts and Berkeley High School, participates in the Music in the Schools program with the Berkeley Symphony, and coordinates a thriving private studio. Over the course of nearly 20 years of teaching, Emily 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. 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. She is particularly interested in working with young musicians and music educators and has given workshops for students and faculty of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, San Francisco School of the Arts, and the International Music Camp, amongst others.