Emily Beisel finds that her most enriching artistic experiences are those involving extended collaborations characterized by in-depth comprehension and interpretation of musical works. In this she includes everything from established free improvising trios to long runs of theater shows. She is fascinated by the communicative possibilities of joint composition and free improvisation and the potential for reaching otherwise un-explored territory.
In addition she is greatly interested in the parallels between the ideas in contemporary music and genres that fall outside of the classical academic sphere. Although the classifying terminology for these styles is imperfect some examples may be identified as mathcore, drone-metal and noise rock. She feels that mining these relationships can provide deeply current means of relating to sound both physically and intellectually as well as serving to erode problematic value hierarchies in our culture.
In her performing career Emily find the greatest satisfaction in working in a wide range of musical styles and groups. She is the second clarinetist with Orchestra Iowa with which she performs masterworks, ballet, opera and pops concerts. She is a member of the contemporary ensemble Fonema Consort, touring most recently in Mexico, New York, and Minneapolis, and working with composers including Julio Estrada and James Dillon. Emily enjoys work as a woodwind doubler in her resident city of Chicago, including the world premiere of October Sky and productions of Evita, Man of La Mancha and She Loves Me at the Marriott Theater. Emily is also an avid free improvisor, particularly as it contributes to collaborative composition. These collaborative projects range widely from her work with Fat Pigeon to incubating a new death metal band.
Emily works as an active teacher in Chicago, and she appreciates the reciprocal relationship between her dual role as performer and pedagogue. In addition to her private studio she teaches at Harold Washington College, British International School and Maine West High School. Emily completed her Masters in Music Performance degree at Northwestern University where she studied with Steve Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom.