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Emily Doolittle

Glasgow, GB   

Composer Emily Doolittle was born in Nova Scotia in 1972 and educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. From 2008-2015 she lived in Seattle, where she was an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK, where she is an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Doolittle has written for such ensembles as the Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Motion Ensemble and Paragon, and such soloists as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc, Janice Jackson, Patricia Green and Helen Pridmore, pianist Rachel Iwaasa, violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, viola d’amorist Thomas Georgi and viola da gambist Karin Preslmayr.

Emily Doolittle has an ongoing research interest in zoomusicology, the study of the relationship between human music and animal songs. She recently spent 3 months as composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. Other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music-making, and music as a vehicle for social change. From 2011-2015, she played fiddle in the Seattle-area French Canadian traditional music and stepdance band Podorythmie.

falling still

falling still, for oboe and strings, performed by Ashley Barrett.

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A Short, Slow Life

A Short, Slow Life, for soprano and 10 instruments, based on poetry by Elizabeth Bishop. Performed by Suzie LeBlanc and the Elizabeth Bishop Chamber Players, conducted by Dinuk Wijeratne.

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NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox July 24 2019 | By Emily Doolittle
Why Yes, I Do Want My Music Performed

Sometimes I open up a conversation about gender balance in concert programming with those who have a record of performing or programming only or primarily works by men. After some...

NewMusicBox June 27 2018 | By Emily Doolittle
The Long-Term Effects of Gender Discriminatory Programming

The longer I trace my own career and observe the careers of students, friends, and colleagues, the more I see the complicated lineage that leads to and from each piece,...

NewMusicBox April 26 2017 | By Emily Doolittle
Composing and Motherhood

Though my commitment to composing is as strong as ever, I’m starting to understand some of the ways that composers who are mothers intentionally and unintentionally get written out of...