Dr. Stanek is known for her rich warm tone and her expressive and exciting performances. She is the artist associate in flute at Willamette University as well as the flute instructor at Corban University and Chemeketa Community College. Dr. Stanek served on the faculties as an adjunct flute instructor at Anderson University and Wabash College in Indiana, and George Fox University in Oregon. Her teaching extends to invitations to lead master classes and give guest recitals at Portland State University, California State University, the University of Southern Maine, University of Oregon, Shenandoah Conservatory, Kent State University, and Ball State University.
Emily serves as principal flute with the Willamette Pro Musica, a chamber orchestra created at Willamette University that encourages collaboration between faculty and Willamette University student musicians. She is an active freelance musician with various orchestras throughout Oregon including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Corvallis Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, and the Vancouver Symphony. In 2019, she was asked to serve as acting-second flute with the Oregon Symphony for three-months. She has performed with the Oregon Music Festival and Portland’s chamber group, 45th Parallel Universe. Emily also served as principal flute with the Akron Symphony, associate principal flute with the Muncie Symphony, second flute with the Anderson Symphony, and third flute/piccolo with the Lafayette Symphony.
Dr. Stanek has enjoyed performing as soloist with various orchestras including the Ball State University Symphony Orchestra, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Anderson University Orchestra, and the Corban University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She is the winner of numerous national competitions, including the San Diego Young Artist Gold Competition, (2002), the National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpt Competition (2003), and the NFA Master Class Performers Competition (2011), and the NFA Convention Performers Competition.
Playing chamber music is one of her passions, which has lead to many performances throughout the United States including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, California, Indiana, Maine, and Oregon. The Dailyfreeman newspaper of Rhinebeck, NY writes, “Curiosity and courage light her discoveries; seeking the infinite with virtuosic agility, her tone wakes the eternal…and holds us in thrall."
Dr. Stanek is an active board member with the Greater Portland Flute Society as the co-editor of the newsletter and the communication officer. She is a passionate teacher and enjoys educating young flutists in her growing private studio and serves as an adjudicator for various Solo and Ensemble competitions throughout Portland and Salem, the State solo competition, as well as All City honor band auditions in Salem. Her many years of study include national and international performances in master classes with the Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Mathieu Dufour, Carol Wincenc, Barthold Kuijken, Eleanor Lawrence, Michel Debost, and others. Her main teachers include Dr. Mihoko Watanabe, Dr. Julia Larson Mattern, Dr. Frances Lapp Averitt, Claude Monteux, Jeff Zook, Barbara Kallaur (on baroque flute), and Ronna Ayscue. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah University (graduating with magna cum laude) and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Ball State University, graduating with honors.