Music Director Emily Isaacson
A native of Brunswick, Maine, Emily Isaacson is a conductor, singer, and music educator recognized for her versatility and energy on the stage. Isaacson is equally at home in orchestral and choral conducting, chamber and large ensembles, and with early to contemporary music. Most recently, Isaacson conducted the Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Choir, and members of the professional ensemble Lorelei. A strong advocate of new music, Isaacson has commissioned or conducted early performances of works by Loren Loiacono, Scott Ordway, and John Rommeriem, as well as assisting in the creation of the new vocal music ensemble “Roomful of Teeth,” whose Partita for 8 Voices, composed by Caroline Shaw and performed and recorded by the ensemble, was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
An advocate and practitioner of music education, Isaacson is currently director of the high school division of Boston City Singers, a youth choir organization that serves over 400 urban youth, and is an artist-in-residence for VSA Massachusetts, where she teaches music composition in the Boston public schools. Previously Isaacson started the music department for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her life on the podium and in the classroom, Isaacson is an active scholar. Following her graduation from Williams College in 2004, she was one of two U.S. citizens awarded the St. Andrews Society Fellowship for graduate study in Scotland, where she earned a master’s degree in musicology from Edinburgh University. Additional research and educational experiences have brought her to Cuba, Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. She holds a second master’s degree from the University of Oregon and is currently a candidate for the doctorate in musical arts in choral conducting at the University of Illinois, where she is writing her doctoral dissertation, “The Binding of Isaac: Comparative Musical Perspectives on Conflict and Faith in the Age of Modernity.” Isaacson currently lives in Boston, MA, with her husband.