Emily Floyd 
Choristers Guild Institute Co-Director

Emily Floyd is Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at the First Baptist Church of Asheville, North Carolina. There, she leads choirs and instrumental music and serves as a liaison to the Academy for the Arts (AFTA). It’s important to Emily that people in the Asheville community feel invited to make music with the church, and she is especially passionate about reaching teenagers through music.

Emily taught for six years as a high school choral director at three high schools in Florida and Georgia.  Her church music career spans 20+ years and includes serving as director of music at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, youth choir director and women’s choir director at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, children's choir director at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, and as a conductor for the Northwest Community Youth Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed in Italy (including St. Peters Basilica in Rome) and in Scotland (including St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh).  Emily is in increasing demand as a guest clinician, conductor, speaker, and judge for choral ensembles. She has served as the conductor for honor choirs throughout Georgia.  

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in music education (magna cum laude) from the Florida State University.  Emily has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Choristers Guild.