2019 PDSA Recipient - Emily Prochaska

Emily Prochaska

Emily Prochaska

Oxford, Ohio | Bassoon Performance Major

One nominator wrote that it is difficult to separate Emily’s contributions as a student, a performer, and those that are exclusively service because everything she does is imbued with a concern for the benefit of others and the greater good. She serves as one of the student managers for the Miami University Wind Ensemble, where she has transformed the morale of the organization.

Emily is a bassoon performance major, which demands hours each week of sessions with faculty, ensemble rehearsals, and individual practice. On top of these commitments, Emily is a consistent presence for the Music department at all audition days and Make It Miami events, welcoming and assisting new and potential students. As a life-long resident of Oxford, she has a great deal of knowledge about the Department, Miami, and Oxford. Emily willingly shares this information with prospective students and parents, helping them envision being a part of the Miami family.

As another nominator wrote, the Department of Music literally depends on a strong incoming class of students each year, making the culture of the department critical to success. Emily exemplifies a dedication to creating a vibrant, inviting, and supportive culture.