Sophie Emptage, MArts/BA Music and Music Psychology
Prior to commencing study at the University, I had taken part in two European Orchestral tours and had performed at the Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I was keen to continue to pursue such exciting endeavors and the University of Leeds is an institution in which I have been able to do just that!
I have been a member of several of Leeds University Union’s (LUU) societies and in my second year, was elected into the role of Treasurer for the Music Society (LUUMS). I enjoyed my role on the executive committee so much that I rejoined it in my third year as the Departmental Officer, a role that requires me to liaise between the Music Society and the Music Department, and also becoming the conductor of Sinfonia (one of LUUMS’ many ensembles).
I have also acted as the BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine) Advocate. BAPAM are an organisation that raise awareness surrounding musicians’ health and offer advice and treatment. Problems vary drastically, but my role allowed me to arrange clinics via BAPAM with qualified doctors in order for musicians at the University of Leeds to discuss their problems confidentially. I also help to facilitate the running of workshops and talks on how to avoid developing health problems in the first place, such as Alexander Technique!
Hailing from Bradford, I have loved Leeds as a city since I was very young, but actually living and studying here is a massively different experience and is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I am in my final year of my integrated masters degree in Music and Music Psychology and I am looking forward to the opportunities and excitement that it shall hold!