Jeffrey Emge

Jeffrey Emge

Title: Director, Wind Ensemble, Professor of Music
Department: Music
Building: FAC 2023
Phone: 903.566.7091


  • DMA in Wind Conducting, Music Theory Cognate, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Thesis: Third-Stream Music for Band: An Examination of Jazz Influences in Five Selected Compositions for Winds and Percussion
  • Master of Music Education, The Florida State University.
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education,  Tennessee Tech University


DR. JEFFREY EMGE is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee.  After completing the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, he taught three years in the public schools of Tennessee. The MME was earned from Florida State University, where he studied conducting with James Croft and band arranging with Charles Carter.

From 1988 until 1991 he was the Director of Bands at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia, where his concert and marching bands won consistent Superior ratings. The DMA in conducting was earned from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a conducting associate of Eugene Corporon and conducted the Northern Kentucky Chamber Players, an NEA-funded ensemble.

In 1994, Dr. Emge moved to Texas, where he was first Assistant Director, then Director of Bands at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).  While at Commerce, he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, co-directed the marching band, and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education classes. 

In 2001, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Music at UT Tyler.  Since then, he founded the student Wind Ensemble and oversaw a period of rapid growth within the department. Although he stepped down as department Chair in August of this year, he maintains an active schedule as Associate Professor of Music, frequent all-region band conductor, conductor of the Tyler Community Band, oboist throughout east Texas, and a studio of private students.

Honors include recognition in the latest three editions of Who's Who in America, guest lecturer and recitalist in China twice in 2006, one of only fifteen USA professors to win the 2006 Japan Seminar grant through the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2000 National Outstanding Sponsor award from Tau Beta Sigma.

This month, the Wind Ensemble will release the first-ever UT Tyler Music Department CD, Entr'acte. Upcoming publications include 40 Modern Studies , the first major collection of original etudes for oboe since the 1800s.

Dr. Emge's hobbies include chess, camping, musical theatre, and international travel.  He currently performs on a 2001 Marigaux oboe and a 2005 Loree english horn.

Curriculum Vitae

UT Tyler