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 Bachelor's degree from Columbia University (2017), where she majored in music and history. Her past experience includes internships at W.W. Norton & Company, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Atlanta History Center.
An active oboist, 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, the intersection between the genres of instrumental music and lieder, intertextuality, historicism, German modernism, and the late works of Richard Strauss. In regards to American history, her master's dissertation focused on African-American soldiers' experiences of racism in American military training camps during World War II, and how those were transported to the European theater of war. She has also researched racially discriminatory policies in New Deal programs, as well as the advent of free labor in the Reconstruction period, and slavery.