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Emily Doolittle (Seattle) was educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton. She has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Albany Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Motion Ensemble and Meduse, and such soloists as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc, Janice Jackson, Patricia Green and Helen Pridmore, pianists Rachel Iwaasa and Ruth Rose, viola d’amorist Thomas Georgi and viola da gambist Karin Preslmayr. Her other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music-making, and music as a vehicle for social change.
Emily’s is composing a 30-minute musical story, Songs of Seals, for narrator, seven instruments (the Paragon Ensemble, Glasgow) and the Voice Factory children’s choir, in collaboration with Gaelic poet Rody Gorman. This project is important to Emily because she will develop skills in community-engaged music-making, work with excellent ensembles, and gain international exposure. The 2011 GAP will fund Emily’s travel to Scotland to partake in the project.
Emily is also the recipient of a 2013 CityArtist Project award which she will use to present and record a concert of music based on sounds from nature, performed by the Seattle Chamber Players with post-concert talks.