Emily Cook is a dynamic performer and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA and Bloomington, IN. She currently serves as principal clarinetist of the Evansville Philharmonic and Carmel Symphony Orchestra, bass clarinetist with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and as third clarinetist of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; formerly, she held positions with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond (VA) Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, she has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Sinfonia da Camera, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Emily is dedicated to performing new music, serving as the clarinetist and artistic director of Kamratōn, which has premiered over 40 works for mixed chamber ensemble since its founding in 2015, including two of her own. 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 blending music theory and performance studies on the work of Kaija Saariaho at the CUNY Graduate Center and at SUNY-Buffalo.
Emily teaches clarinet and piano students at her private studio and formerly served as the choir accompanist at Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry, PA and as middle-school band director at St. Vincent de Paul School in Bedford, IN. When she’s not playing, she supports community development initiatives in rural Greene County, IN as the Greene County Foundation’s Community Relations Coordinator. Emily is a native of Western Illinois and in her spare time, enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and drinking coffee.
Photo credit: Alisa Innocenti