Adult Guest Director 2023

Emily Williams Burch

Choral entrepreneur, Dr. Emily Williams Burch, began teaching in 2007, including directing community choirs, teaching in public schools, training in professional development settings, and as a professor at the university level. Currently the Coordinator of Music Education and Visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, Dr. Burch is also the Founder/Artistic Director of RISE Chorales, LLC, a community choir organization with youth through adult choirs, and Executive Director of RISE Outreach, 501(c)(3), all based in Savannah, GA. Dr. Burch is an active clinician, and serves as Chair for the ACDA National Standing Committee for Advocacy and Collaboration. Catch Dr. Burch on her podcasts “Music (ed) Matters” or as co-host of the “The Illuminate Podcast” wherever you listen to podcasts or follow her adventures running and pacing marathons at @elevatedrunningandpacing. More at