Emily Shyr entered the PhD program in Historical Musicology at Duke University in the fall of 2018. Prior to coming to Duke, she earned her MPhil in American History at the University of Cambridge (2018), and received her BA degree from Columbia University (2017), where she majored in music and history. Her industry experience includes internships at W.W. Norton & Company, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Atlanta History Center.
An active oboist, she is currently the oboe instructor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she was also a visiting lecturer in music history in the fall of 2020. She has presented papers and lecture-recitals at international conferences in Ireland, Italy, and the U.S., and has given invited presentations and lecture-recitals at NYU and UNC Wilmington.
Previously, she was principal oboist of the Cambridge University Sinfonia and the Columbia University Orchestra, as well as a member of the New York Youth Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, King's College Chapel, and toured with the New York Youth Symphony on their inaugural tour to Buenos Aires. She has studied with and participated in masterclasses given by oboists of the Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, and currently studies with Joseph Robinson, former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic.
Her musical interests include the music of Franz Schubert, early Romantic aesthetics, the intersection between the genres of instrumental music and lieder, the concept of late style, as well as intertextuality and historicism.