Performing for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, University of Notre Dame 2016
photo credit: Matt Cashore

About

Dr. Emerson Eads currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Minot State University. As a composer and conductor, Emerson has devoted himself to music of social concern. His Mass for the Oppressed, a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass featuring textual interpolations by his brother Evan Eads and a Credo adapted from the diary of Pope Francis, reflects on some of the most poignant social issues of our time. The Mass was written to muster public support for the Fairbanks Four, Native Alaskans from the composer’s hometown who were wrongfully imprisoned for eighteen years. Eads’ cantata “…from which your laughter rises” was written for the mothers of the Fairbanks Four. It was conducted to acclaim, paired in a concert featuring Haydn’s Stabat Mater. His newest opera, The Princess Sophia, is about the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia. It was premiered in Juneau, Alaska, on October 25th, 2018—the disaster’s centennial–to rave review in Opera Magazine. His most recent large-scale project, A Prairie Cantata, recovers lyrics from a neglected North Dakota woman poet and was premiered with the Minot State University Choir.

Dr. Eads studied choral conducting with Carmen-Helena Tellez at the University of Notre Dame, working with eminent choral conductors including Joseph Flummerfelt, Stephen Cleobury, Anne Howard Jones, and Peter Phillips. Prior to his graduate work, he studied composition with Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

News

Eads Releases Single: Songs My Father Taught Me

ALBUM ART: KYLIE EADSSongs My Father Taught Me is a fantasia of hymns and sacred songs that I learned by heart as a young boy listening to my father play. He loved improvising and never played anything the same way twice. He instilled in me at an early age that music...

Give Me Room, a new choral work by Carlson/Eads

It was surreal traveling back to my alma mater, The University of Alaska Fairbanks, to hear the world premiere of my new work for accompanied choir, Give Me Room on a text by Meta Herrick Carlson. I was commissioned by Dr. Jaunelle Celaire and the University of Alaska...

Calliope’s Call Presents Eads Songs

Calliope's Call 2021-2022 season concludes this April with a special collaboration with renowned Grammy nominated soprano Laura Strickling, which will see us pair brand new songs with pieces from earlier in the same composer’s career—a musical “then and now” charting...

Compositions

Mass for the Oppressed

Song of the Sikuliaq

Color of Gold

Composition Catalogue