Emily Sung

Assistant professor of practice

Emily Sung is a Chinese American conductor, scholar and teacher from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Before her appointment at USC Thornton, Sung previously served as the associate director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, the director of the Chamber Choir and Choral Society at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the conducting faculty at Temple University. From 2016-2019, Sung was the assistant chorus master at Opera Philadelphia, where she helped prepare choruses for the company’s groundbreaking Festival O and numerous mainstage productions. Sung also previously served as the assistant to the music director of the Pennsylvania Balletthe director of the Singing City Children’s Choir, the music director of Opera Philadelphia’s Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE), and a singer and co-conductor of the Chestnut Street Singers.

Sung is currently completing her DMA in choral music at USC Thornton, where she received the 2023 University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Her dissertation concerns the construction of choral literature as a field of study. She earned her MM in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College and her bachelor’s in history at Princeton University. Her current research interests include Chinese jazz, the history of American vocal jazz and choral jazz, the intersection of vocals, gender expression and technological experimentation in electronic music, and Southeast Asian choral music. Sung is the co-artistic director of Suara, a choir dedicated to Southeast Asian choral works.