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Emily Doolittle: Biography

Emily Doolittle
1972 -
Region: Atlantic

Emily Doolittle

Emily Doolittle’s music has been described as “eloquent and effective” (The WholeNote), “masterful” (Musical Toronto), and “the piece…that grabbed me by the heart” (The WholeNote). Doolittle has been commissioned by such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, and supported by the Sorel Organization, Opera America, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Doolittle was educated at Dalhousie University, Indiana University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, and Princeton. From 2008-2015 she was on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Recent projects include Jan Tait and the Bear, a chamber opera which was premiered by Ensemble Thing at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow in 2016, Seal Songs, a 30-minute piece for children’s choir and chamber ensemble based on Gaelic selkie folklore, commissioned by Paragon and the Voice Factory Youth Choir (Glasgow), the violin concerto Sapling for Calvin Dyck and the Vancouver Island Symphony, and five months as composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. Upcoming projects include pieces for the Cherry Street Duo and Fair Trade Trio, a set of new spring wassailing songs for choir, and interdisciplinary research into grey seal vocalizations at St Andrews University. Her chamber music CD all spring was released on the Composers Concordance Label in 2015.


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