She was principal conductor of The Gateway Orchestra from 2013-2017 and The County Wexford Youth Orchestra from 2007-2020. She has been a member of staff at The County Wexford School of Music since 2005, where she teaches violin and viola. Emily is a member of several string quartets around Ireland and performs regularly on the Late Late Show and other Irish TV programmes. She has performed with the following artists Michael Buble, Shane MacGowan, Sharon Shannon, Tommy Fleming, Westlife, Jose Carreras, The Cheiftans, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins, Ellie Goulding etc.
Emily began working with dementia patients in 2006 and became involved with a Large Community Music Project funded by the HSE and Wexford County Council. From 2006-2009, she carried out music therapy workshops at the New Houghton Hospital, The Community Hospital and The Day Care Centre in New Ross, Co Wexford. She presented specially designed workshops and performances of the highest quality to older people within their own living environment. This led to a new programme called Music for and with the Elderly organised by Wexford County Council. She facilitated one day workshops for nurses, volunteers, carers, and musicians to give them the tools and resources to carry out their own music sessions within their healthcare settings.
Emily was appointed as Music Exploration Officer with Wexford Mental Health Association and The Mental Health Services in County Wexford in 2016. The Music Programme is funded as part of the Arts Ability Programme, a partnership between the HSE and Wexford County Council Arts Department. The Arts Ability Programme is an inclusive, participatory arts programme that celebrates the artistic and creative imagination of people who experience mental health problems and/or intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities.
The programme is administered through Wexford Mental Health Association and run in close partnership between the HSE Mental Health Services. The programme explores the role of music in mental health recovery for individuals attending community mental health services and those in residential settings in County Wexford. Access to the programme is by referral from the HSE Mental Health Services.
The programme embraces partnerships with community musicians and the County Council Arts office (Creative Communities Programme), e.g. working with singer songwriter Jimi Cullen, Contemporary dancer Dee Grant and traditional singer Aileen Lambert to name but a few
Emily is currently running music programmes in residential units and community groups within the mental health services on a weekly basis north and south of the County.
Emily designs programmes for the residential units and community groups that are engaging, increase quality of life, and recognise participants’ individuality. During the music sessions she includes both active forms of musical engagement such as song writing, singing, and playing musical instruments, as well as receptive forms of musical engagement such as listening to live or pre-recorded music.