Emily Freeman Brown
Position: Professor; Director of Orchestral Activities
Conducting & Ensembles
Address: 1006 Moore Musical Arts Center
Emily Freeman Brown is Music Director and Conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and author of the recently released Dictionary for the Modern Conductor (Rowman & Littlefield). In 2016 she was made Professor of Creative Arts Excellence at Bowling Green State University.
The first woman to receive a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Brown has appeared as conductor with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Central Asia and South America including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse and Toledo Symphonies, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Eastman Virtuosi, Skaneateles Music Festival, Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester (Germany), the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of Chile and the Bartók Ensemble, both in Santiago, the Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the Macedonia National Symphony Orchestra, the National Soloists Orchestra in Astana, and Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of Almaty (Kazakhstan), the American Festival of the Arts (Houston), Interlochen and Chautauqua summer music institutes and the all-state orchestras in Texas, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Washington and Minnesota. Dr. Brown was in residence at the School of Music at the University of North Texas, conducting the School’s Symphony Orchestra and leading classes in orchestral conducting. She taught a summer conducting course at the Free University of Berlin for nine years in addition to conducting master classes at the Conservatory of Music in Riga, Latvia, Santiago, Chile and many others.
Ms. Brown has recorded for Naxos, Albany and Opus One Records including seven disks with the Bowling Green Philharmonia under the title The Voice of the Composer; New Music from Bowling Green that have been featured in an internationally syndicated radio program. She served as Associate Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and Conductor for the Eastman Opera Theater and was a winner of the internationally known Affiliate Artists’ Conductor’s Program. In the summer and fall of 2017 she will conduct the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Orchestra in a series of recordings for Linn Records.
In addition to her recent book Dr. Brown has published articles in the BACH journal and the Journal of the Conductors Guild. She served as President of the Conductors Guild, Inc. from 2003 to 2005.
Ms. Brown studied conducting and cello at the Royal College of Music in London, England where she was twice winner of the Sir Adrian Boult Conducting Prize. Her major teachers have included Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Franco Ferrara, David Effron and James Dixon.