Emily Doolittle (Non-Regional) (Board Member, 2016-present)


I’m thrilled to join the board of the CNMN as a Non-Regional Representative. I’ve lived in a number of different countries in my life as a composer – Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, and now Scotland – and while each of these countries has lots of fantastic musicians and amazing musical things to offer, my time outside of Canada has made me aware of just how special the Canadian new music community is. We have such a rich diversity of music being made, so many strong and supportive regional and nationwide networks, and, most importantly, a real sense that we’re all in this together. Anything that helps one of us helps all of us.

As a Non-Regional Representative, I’m particularly interested in figuring out how to maintain connections between Canadian composers and new music performers abroad and those in Canada, in promoting the work of Canadian composers worldwide, and in facilitating international collaborations. I’m also interested in finding ways to encourage ensembles, concert series, and festivals to program new pieces in a way that represents the true diversity of Canadian composers, in terms of gender, ethnicity, regional, stylistic and other differences. I will work with the CNMN on behalf of all of us in the Canadian new music community.

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, the Canada Council for the Arts, Opera America, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. Recent projects include Seal Songs, a 30-minute piece based on Gaelic selkie folklore, commissioned by Paragon and the Voice Factory Youth Choir (Glasgow), a concerto for violinist Calvin Dyck and the Vancouver Island Symphony, and five months as composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. 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.