About

Emerson Eads is from Fairbanks, Alaska. He studied composition with Adlai Burman and John Luther Adams. He studied choral conducting at the University of Notre Dame with Carmen-Helena Téllez, obtaining his Doctorate in Musical Arts in May, 2018. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Minot State University.

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 before his ordination, holds particular poignancy for the social issues of our time. The Mass was written for the release of the Fairbanks Four (native Alaskan’s from the composer’s home town) who spent 18 years in prison wrongfully.

News

MSU Choir Norway 10 – Day 11

Today was our free day. We all spent the day as we wished, a welcome break from the rigorous travel schedule. I was particularly blessed to have a friend from Sweden, Anna Larson, a musician and singer, come to Oslo to visit. We rented a studio downtown with a piano...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 10

Today was filled with museums and guided tours around Oslo. Our guide was fabulous and led us on a 4-hour tour of the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, home of the Gol Stave church (a replica of which is found at the...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 9

Today, we made the trip from Rauland to Oslo. We traveled through mountain passes, tunnels, forests and fjords and made it to Oslo. Our first stop was the Holmenkollen Ski Museum. I had contacted a choral conductor friend of mine, Thomas Caplin, who is the co-founder...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 8

Today we said our goodbyes to the fabulous people at Raulandsakademiet, and set off for Notodden, in Telemark county. Notodden is on the shore of Heddalsvatnet lake, a truly spectacular view. It is also home to Norway’s largest stave church: Heddal Stave Church, which...

Compositions

Mass for the Oppressed

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Song of the Sikuliaq

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Color of Gold

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Composition Catalogue

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