Emily M. Oyan, in her thirteenth year as director of bands for Lloyd C. Bird High School, is a five-time honor band director and has led the Skyhawk Band to twelve straight years of superior ratings at Concert Band Assessment. Previously, she taught at Bailey Bridge Middle School in Chesterfield County as one of two directors in charge of the band program. While at Bailey Bridge Middle School, she conducted the 7th-grade band and the Jazz Band and was Assistant Band Director for the Manchester High School Lancer Band. Prior to teaching at Bailey Bridge Middle School, she was the director of bands at Nottoway High School in Nottoway, Virginia.
In addition to teaching in public schools, she has maintained a small private lesson studio for seventeen years teaching flute, bassoon, piano, and oboe. She graduated from James Madison University in 2002 and received her Master’s in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006.
Ms. Oyan performs regularly as co-principal of the bassoon section in the Commonwealth Winds, and prior to her daughter’s birth was principal bassoonist of the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed with the European Wind Ensemble of Richmond from 2002 until 2006. Ms. Oyan has been a judge and clinician for the past six years. She was a VBODA sight-reading judge for District I’s band assessment in March of 2013, was a sight-reading judge for the Area Band Assessment Festival at West Point High School in March of 2014 and March of 2018, and has been a clinician for the Tucker Free-For-All Marching Band Exhibition the past four years. In 2010, Ms. Oyan guest conducted the Chesterfield County All-County 7th grade band, and in 2017 guest conducted the District I All-District Concert Band. In January of 2013, Ms. Oyan was awarded the “Most Dedicated Skyhawk” of the month by her peers and was awarded “Skyhawk of the Month” by the PTSO in December of 2013 at Lloyd C. Bird High School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi: National Honorary Music Fraternity, MENC, NEA, and CEA.
Ms. Oyan resides in Midlothian with her daughter, Madelyn Michelle.