Emily Cook is a dynamic performer and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA and Bloomington, IN. She performs as the principal clarinetist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and bass clarinetist with the Evansville Philharmonic, and she has also performed with the Pittsburgh, Richmond (VA), Hartford, Williamsburg, and Johnstown symphonies. Emily is dedicated to performing new music, regularly appearing with Pittsburgh’s Alia Musica and serving as the clarinetist and artistic director of Kamratōn, an ensemble which champions the work of contemporary female composers and performers. Emily has also appeared with jazz/fusion group the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective and is active in Pittsburgh’s free improvisation community.
Emily received an artist diploma and a master’s degree from Duquesne University, where she studied with Ron Samuels and served as a graduate assistant in the music history and theory departments. Previously, Emily studied with David Bell at Lawrence University, graduating with degrees in K-12 music education and clarinet performance. Her other teachers include Jack Howell, Larry McDonald, Eric Ginsberg, and Louis Margaglione. She has presented research on the work of Kaija Saariaho at the CUNY Graduate Center and at SUNY-Buffalo.
Emily leads woodwind sectionals at Franklin Central High School in Indiana and formerly served as the choir accompanist at Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry, PA. She is a native of Western Illinois and is a die-hard Cubs fan. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, drinking coffee, and reading Flannery O’Connor.
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