Emily Doolittle – Composer – Curriculum Vitae


Athenaeum Research Fellow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow, UK), 2017-present
Associate Professor of Music Composition, Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), 2012-2015
Assistant Professor of Music Composition, Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), 2008-2012
Composer, Private music instructor (Montreal, QC), 2003-2008


Princeton University, Ph.D. in composition, 2007.
Koninklijk Conservatorium (the Hague, Netherlands), Post-graduate studies in composition, 1997-99.
Indiana University, M.Mus. in composition, 1995-97 (received 1999).
Dalhousie University, B.Mus. in composition and theory, 1995.

Awards, Fellowships, and Honours

Hinrichsen Foundation (2016)
Roberta Stephen Award (2016)
Canada Council Grants to Professionals to write a set of new wassailing song (2016)
OPERA America Discovery Grant (2016)
Culture and Animals Foundation Awards (2016)
ASCAP Standard Award (2000-2016)
Canada Council Grants to Professionals to write and workshop Jan Tait and the Bear (2014)
SOCAN Residency Grant (2014)
A Short Slow Life nominated for East Coast Music Award Classical Composition of the Year; included on winning Classical Recording of the Year (I Am in Need of Music); finalist for Masterworks Award (2014)
Sorel Organization Recording Grant (2013)
Jack Straw Artist Support Residency (2013)
Seattle CityArtists Grant (2013)
Theodore Front Prize (IAWM) for “A Short, Slow Life” (2012)
Eric Stokes Fund (2011)
Artist Trust GAP grant for Songs of Seals (2011)
Canada Council Professional Development Grant to write 8 pieces for the National Youth Choir of Scotland, in collaboration with Gaelic poet Rody Gorman (2011)
Culture and Animals Foundation Award (2011)
Cornish College Faculty Development Grant (2009, 2011, 2013)
Canada Council Professional Development Grant for 3 months of research in Scotland (2008-2009)
FQRSC Postdoctoral Research/Creation Grant (2008-2009, turned down because of employment)
Finalist, Prix Opus (Quebec) for best premiere of the year for . . . and some fireworks (2007)
Conseil des arts et Lettres du Quebec, 3 month residency at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland (2007)
Canada Council Development Grant to write 20 short piano pieces for children (2005)
Canada Council Travel Grant to participate in Banff Winter Residency (2005)
Nova Scotia Arts Council Professional Development Grant (2004, 1999-2000)
Composer-in-residence, Mostar Contemporary Music Festival, Bosnia (2004)
ASCAP Standard Award (2000-2007)
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Award for Graduate Women (2003)
Composer-in-residence for Oregon East Symphony (2002-2003)
Composer-in-residence at Scotia Festival of Music (May 27-June 10, 2001)
ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards (2001, 2000)
Roger Sessions Fellowship, Princeton University (2000-02)
Naumberg Fellowship, Princeton University (1999-2000, 2002-2003)
Generation 2000 project, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (1999-2000)
Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards (1998-99, 1995, 1992-93)
Fulbright Scholarship to study in Amsterdam with Louis Andriessen (1997-98)
Joseph H. Bearns Prize (Columbia University) for “Weather Songs” (1997)
Full teaching assistantship at Indiana University (1995-97)
Dalhousie University Medal in Music (1995)
Dalhousie Alumnae Association Music Award (1995)

Selected Commissions

Three Summer Pieces (2017); for the Cherry Street flute duo; commissioned by Sophia Tegart with funding from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Grant (Portland, OR)
Jan Tait and the Bear
(2012-2016); written and developed with the support of the Canada Council, an Opera America 2016 Discovery Grant, and the Hinrichsen Foundation, for two voices, narrator and chamber ensemble; for ffancytunes (Shetland, UK) and Ensemble Thing (Glasgow, UK)
migrations (2015); commissioned by the Musings Ensemble (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Sapling (2014); commissioned by the Canada Council for Calvin Dyck and Vancouver Island Symphony (Nanaimo, BC)
Seven Duos for Bird or Strings (2012); for violin and viola; commissioned by the Eric Stokes Foundation, Artist Trust GAP, and the Canada Council for Annette-Barbara Vogel and Dan Sweaney (London, ON and Columbia, SC)
Songs of Seals (2011); for narrator, children’s choir and chamber ensemble; commissioned by the Paragon Ensemble for The Paragon Ensemble and the Voice Factory Youth Choir (Glasgow and Skye, Scotland)
Dàn nan Ròn (2011); for Voice Factory Youth Choir; written with support from CCA (Glasgow and Skye, Scotland)
A Short, Slow Life (2011); for soprano and orchestra, based on a poem by Elizabeth Bishop; commissioned by Suzie LeBlanc for Suzie LeBlanc and Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)
Folie à Deux (2011); for flute and harpsichord; commissioned by Kate Clark and Cléo Palacio-Quintin (Montreal, QC)
Reeds (2010); for reed trio and dancer; commissioned by the Umbrella Ensemble for performance at the Newfoundland Sound Symposium 2010 (Portland, OR)
Sorex (2010); for piano four-hands; commissioned by the Fung-Chiu Duo (Montreal, QC)
Body of Wood (2009); for soprano, Bohlen-Pierce clarinet, cello and percussion; commissioned by Canada Council for Transpectra (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)
The Wise Daughter (2009); for narrator, violin and piano; commissioned by Talespin (Vienna, Austria)
Gliese 581 c (2008); for solo piano; commissioned by Redshift for Rachel Iwaasa (Vancouver, BC)
Nocturne (2008); for solo alphorn; commissioned by Michael Cumberland (Port Hope, ON)
Paths (2008); for flute and harp; commissioned by Laurel Phillipson for Tacye Phillipson (Airton, England)
Social sounds from whales at night (2007); soprano and tape; Canada Council commission for Helen Pridmore (Sackville, NB)
…and some fireworks (2007); Conseil des Arts de Montréal commission for Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal (Montreal, QC)
Why the parrot repeats human words (2005); for narrator, clarinet, viola and percussion; Canada Council commission for Meduse (Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC)
Le loup, la chèvre, et le chevreau (2005); for soprano, tenor, 8 flutes and cello; Nova Scotia Arts Council commission for Ensemble Alizé (Montreal, QC)
Go Down, Moses (2005); commissioned by the Albany Symphony (Albany, NY)
all spring (2004); for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, bass and percussion; Canada Council commission for Motion Ensemble (Sackville, NB)
green/blue (2003); commissioned by the Oregon East Symphony (Pendleton, OR)
music for magpies (2003); for viola da gamba with quarter-tone frets; commissioned by Karin Preslmayr (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
col (2002); for violin and marimba; Netherland-America Foundation grant for Lydia Forbes and Danny Tunick (Amsterdam, Netherlands and New York, NY)
minute etudes (book II) (2002); for solo piano; commissioned by Ben Binder
Child’s Play (2002); for soprano and piano; Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant for Janice Jackson and Eve Egoyan (Halifax, NS and Toronto, ON)
Dance (2001); FIRST MUSIC commission for the New York Youth Symphony (New York, NY)
green notes (2001); commissioned by CBC for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto, ON)
falling still (2001); commissioned by the Canada Council for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto, ON)
Virelais (2001); for soprano and viola da gamba; Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant for “Virelais” for Janice Jackson and Thomas Georgi (Halifax, NS and Toronto, ON)
four pieces about water (2000); for 9 instruments; Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, “Four Pieces About Water” (Montreal, QC)
night black bird song (1999); for 2 piccolos/flute and 3 percussion; SCI/ASCAP commission for New York University New Music Ensemble (New York, NY)


A Short, Slow Life, recorded by Suzie Leblanc and Symphony Nova Scotia, CentreDiscs, 2013
Social sounds from whales at night, recorded by Catherine Lee, Teal Creek, 2013
Falling Still recorded on CD of new music for oboe, Ashley Barrett, Centaur Records, 2012
Social sounds from whales at night, CD of solo voice works recorded by Helen Pridmore, CentreDiscs, 2012
Gliese 581c recorded on Cosmophony, Rachel Iwaasa, 2010, and on RedshiftX, 2012
Airs of Men Long Dead recorded on The Ice Age and Beyond, Patricia Green and Midori Koga, Blue Griffin, 2008
Weather Songs recorded on Concertzender Live 02 Dutch New Music, Muziekgroep Nederland, 2004
night black bird song recorded on SCI CD Milestones, Capstone Records, 2002


Twenty Piano Pieces for Children, published by Oceanna Music, 2007
“Turning,” published in Northern Lights Level 2B, Canadian National Conservatory of Music, 2007
“Crickets in the Concert Hall”, TRANS: Transcultural Music Review special edition on Zoomusicology, edited Dario Martinelli, upcoming June, 2008

Summer festivals, short courses, and residencies

Blue Mountain Center (June/July, 2006, September, 2002)
Ucross Foundation (March, 2006)
National Arts Centre Young Composers Program (2005)
Banff Centre for the Arts, Long-Term Residency (winter 2005)
MacDowell Colony (upcoming, fall 2004)
Soundstreams/David Earle Composer/Choreographer Workshop (May, 2004)
Banff Centre for the Arts, Short-Term Residency (July, 2001)
Banff Centre for the Arts, Leighton Studios Residency (2002, 2001, 2000)
International Young Composers Conference (Apeldoorn, Holland, 1999)
Ecoles d’Art Américain  (Fontainebleau, France, 1995; 1996-1999 as employee)
Scotia Festival of Music (1989, 1992-1997; 1994-97 also as employee)
R. Murray Schafer’s “Environmental Music Week” (1993)
Interlochen Arts Camp (1990)

Other Musical Experience

From 1997-99 I was involved with the organization of Concert Tot en Met composers’ collective and concert series (Amsterdam).  I have helped organize the student programs at Scotia Festival (1994-97, 2005) and Ecoles d’Art Américains at Fontainebleau (1996-99), and am currently assisting with the development of a new music festival in Mostar, Bosnia.  Since 1993 I have been a member of R. Murray Schafer’s collaborative composition project “And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.”  The members of this project meet throughout the year and for a week every summer to work together on creating a non-traditional music/dance/theatre work.  My participation has included writing and performing music, and acting in various dramatic presentations.

I have many years of performance experience on oboe and piano and in choirs.  I have played with a number of youth and semi-professional orchestras, sung with many choirs including the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Amsterdam’s Koor Nieuwe Muziek, and have worked as a church pianist/organist.


1988 – present              — private teacher of piano, oboe, recorder, theory, and ear training
2005, 1994 – 1997       — Young Artist Co-ordinator, Scotia Festival of Music
2000 – 2002                 — Teaching Assistant at Princeton University
1996 – 1999                   — (summers only) Assistant Administrator, Ecoles d’Art Américains, Fontainebleau, France
1998 – 1999                   — Theory Instructor at The British School in the Netherlands (Voorschoten)
1995 – 1997                   — Associate Instructor of Music Theory at Indiana University
1991 – 1995                    — Oboe Instructor at Maritime Conservatory of Music
1988 – 1992                   — accompanist for Halifax Unitarian Church


(addresses of references will be supplied upon request):
Louis Andriessen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paul Koonce, University of Florida
Veronique Lacroix, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Steve Mackey, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
R. Murray Schafer, Indian River, Ontario
Barbara White, Princeton University, New Jersey
Christopher Wilcox, Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Upcoming Events

  • The Glasgow University Chapel Choir will premiere Potato Wassail, with words by Forrest Pierce on November 21, 2017 at the Glasgow University Chapel at 6:00
  • The St Andrews New Music Ensemble, conducted by Bede Williams will be premiering Conversation, with poetry by Eleonore Schönmaier at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Scotland on February 21, 2018.
  • Oboist James Turnbull will be performing Social sounds from whales at night on February 25, 2018 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Scotland, as part of St Andrews New Music Week.

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