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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 A 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, Ashland Symphony, the Eastman Virtuosi, the Skaneateles Music Festival, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Society of American Composers, New York, the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra and Brandenburg State Orchestra in Germany,  the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Chengdu Philharmonic Orchestra, EOS Orchestra, Beijing, China, the National Symphony of Chile and the Bartók Ensemble, both in Santiago, the Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica “Banatul” Timisoara and Philharmonic Orchestra of Bistrica in Romania, the Macedonia National Symphony Orchestra, National Soloists Orchestra in Astana, the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the American Festival of the Arts (Houston), Interlochen and Chautauqua summer music institutes and the all-state orchestras in Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Washington and Minnesota. In 2007 she had a ten-day residency at the School of Music at the University of North Texas, conducting the School’s Symphony Orchestra and leading classes in orchestral conducting.

Ms. Brown has recorded for Naxos Records and Albany Records (with the Bowling Green Philharmonia) in addition to Opus One Records. 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.

A published author, articles have appeared 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 included Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Franco Ferrara, David Effron and James Dixon.


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