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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.
Emerson Eads has formally begun writing a cantata profana based on the life of Romeo, Juneau's Wolf for Chamber Choir & Chamber Orchestra. Librettist is Dave Hunsaker, and Maestro William Todd Hunt and The Orpheus Project commissioned the project. For performance...
Dr. Emerson Eads & Minot State University present the world premiere recording of Luciano Berio’s Magnificat
You can read about it here in Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc blog. You can also watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swenlJ5PxaY&feature=emb_title
While at the University of Notre Dame, Emerson Eads conducted a choir of undergrads, graduate students, professors, and community members in a rendition of the Habanera from Carmen with new text by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Notre...
On Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. the Minot Chamber Chorale will launch its first virtual choir concert singing “I Will Go On – Pandemic Poem.” The 5-minute concert will be streamed on the Chamber Chorale’s Facebook page and will be free to view, though charitable donations...