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Emma O'Halloran

Brooklyn, NY         

Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer and vocalist based in New York. Freely intertwining acoustic and electronic music, O’Halloran has written for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, symphony orchestra, film, and theatre. For her efforts, she has been praised by I Care If You Listen editor-in-chief Amanda Cook for writing “some of the most unencumbered, authentic, and joyful music that I have heard in recent years,” and has won numerous competitions, including National Sawdust’s inaugural Hildegard competition and the Next Generation award from Beth Morrison Projects.

O’Halloran’s music aims to capture the human experience, exploring complex emotions felt in specific moments in time. This approach has found a wide audience: her work has been featured at the international Classical NEXT conference in Rotterdam, the Prototype Festival in New York, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and MATA Festival. Additionally, her music has been performed by Crash Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Khemia Ensemble, ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, the Refugee Orchestra Project, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.

O’Halloran was recently named a 2020 MacDowell Fellow, and an artist-in-residence at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Princeton University, and is currently working as a freelance composer in Brooklyn. Current and future projects include a collaborative and interdisciplinary work with LA-based ensemble Wild UP, and an opera called Trade that will be developed, produced and toured internationally by Beth Morrison Projects.

Constellations

For voice and amplified chamber ensemble

Performed by Madeline Healey and the Refugee Orchestra Project, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya

Premiered at National Sawdust, 06.12.18

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Dying is a Wild Night

For string quartet

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Points of Infinity

For solo viola and playback

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