Emily Cohn earned her Bachelors degree in Jazz Piano from California State University Northridge in 2010 and fell into accompanying choirs and musical theatre soon after graduation, largely due to her excellent sight reading skills. She credits her reading skills to her first piano teacher, Bonnie Jolly in Clayton, CA, who had her read a line a day and always encouraged sight reading. Emily was asked to take over for the Music Director at North Hollywood Children's Acting Academy for The Roar of the Grease Paint - The Smell of the Crowd. The producer said "you play piano - so you can music direct this show!" This harrowing and humbling experience launched her curiosity into learning what a great Music Director does.
Some favorite credits include Das Barbecu at the Barnstormers (Tamworth, NH), Alien Vs. Musical for LA Fringe Festival, All Shook Up with Grease Alumni Barry Pearl at the El Portal in Los Angeles, a reading of Transgender Starborn at Surf Light in New Jersey, Chance the musical at the New York Musical Festivaland Iluminati Lizards from Outer Space (Keys 2/ AMD) at the New York Musical Festival.
Emily is found accompaning in auditions rooms with Kate Lumpkin Casting, Telsey Casting, Paul Hardt Casting and more, playing for coachings with Dr. Andrew Parks, Broadway Stars Caitlin Gallogly and Janine DiVita, AMD with the Broadway Workshop, Teaching Artist with TADA education, and sprinkling in private piano lessons and audition prep/self tapes/audition tracks/transcriptions/transpositions all around the beautiful island of Manhattan!
Emily's leadership style is based in positivity and honesty. She works hard to bring everyone up and strives always be patient, understanding and respectful. She wants to tell the story with the highest quality of musicianship - all while having fun and making someone else's day better! Emily is a proud Auntie to her adorable and adventurous niece. She also loves baking bread and traveling the world!