Emily’s research has focused on the music of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and she has presented it at SUNY Buffalo and the CUNY Graduate Center. Emily is interested in exploring the role of timbre in musical meaning, expression, and structure and in developing a vocabulary to do so. She is also interested in the study of music as performance.


Performing Otherness: Musical Persona in a Performance of D’om Le Vrai Sens

Presented at the 2015 University at Buffalo Graduate Music Symposium.

Disembodied Sounds: Timbral Symbolism in Kaija Saariaho’s Oi Kuu

Presented as a lecture-recital with Cody Green, cello, at the 2015 CUNY Graduate Students in Music Conference: Music and Instrumentality.