Nova-Scotia born composer Emily Doolittle has been assistant professor of music theory and composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle since 2008. She received her Bachelors Degree in composition from Dalhousie University, where her primary teacher was Dennis Farrell and her Masters Degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Don Freund. From 1997-99 she studied with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding in Amsterdam with the support of a Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Nova Scotia Arts Council. In 2007 she received her PhD in composition from Princeton University, where she studied with Barbara White, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Peter Westergaard, and Paul Koonce. Her doctoral research was on bird and animal songs and their relationship to human music.
Along with composers Samuel Vriezen, Cynthie van Eiden and others, Emily was a founding and organizing member of the "Concert I t/m IV" composers collective and concert series in Amsterdam. Since 2004 she has been involved with the development of a new music festival in Mostar, Bosnia. Between 1992 and 2004 she was a participant in Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's collaborative composition project And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.
She has received support from the Erik Stokes Foundation, the Culture and Animals Foundation, the Bearns Prize, SCI, ASCAP, FIRST MUSIC, the Nova Scotia Arts Council, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the Netherland-America Foundation, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada, CBC, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, the Montreal Arts Council and the Canada Council, and has been commissioned to write for such ensembles and performers as Suzie Leblanc, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Paragon Ensemble, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, viola d'amorist Thomas Georgi, soprano Janice Jackson, pianist Eve Egoyan, Entropy, the New York University New Music Ensemble, Meduse, Alize, and Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal. Her book of 19 short piano pieces for children, "I Am" was published by Oceanna Music in 2007.
Seal Songs (2011); 30:00; for children's choir and ensemble
A Short, Slow Life (2011); 11:00; for soprano and orchestra
Reeds (2010); 36:00; for reed trio and dancer
Sorex (2009); 7:30; for piano 4-hands
...and some fireworks (2007); 14:00; for orchestra
social sounds from whales at night; 8:00; for voice and electronics
I Am... (2006); 19 junior/intermediate level piano pieces, published by Oceanna Music
Why the parrot repeats human words (2005); 19:00; for narrator, clarinet, viola, and percussion
Le Loup, la chevre et le chevreau (2005); 9:00; for soprano, tenor, 8 flutes and cello; text by Lafontaine
all spring (2004)grouse; 18:00; for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, bass (or cello), and percussion; text by Rae Crossman