EMILY FREEMAN BROWN
Emily Freeman Brown, who holds the distinction of being the first woman to receive a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, currently serves as music director and conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She served as a guest conductor with the Toledo Symphony, and was the music director of the Perrysburg (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2000. From 1987 to 1989, she was associate conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and conductor for the Eastman Opera Theater. In 1988, Brown was a winner of the internationally acclaimed Affiliate Artists' Conductor's Program. Brown has been engaged by orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and South America, as well as various festivals. Some of her American appearances include the Rochester Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Latvian National Symphony, Sibiu Philharmonic (Romania), Satu Mare Symphony (Romania) and the Eastman Virtuosi. In Santiago, Chile, she led the National Symphony of Chile and the Bartók Ensemble. Additionally, she has conducted at the American Festival of the Arts in Houston, the Interlochen Arts Festival and the Chautatiqua Institution.
With the Bowling Green Philharmonia, she has recorded for Albany Records, and with separate projects on the Opus One label. A published author, her articles have appeared in the BACHjournal and the Journal of the Conductors Guild. Emily Freeman Brown studied conducting and cello at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was twice winner of the Sir Adrian Boult Conducting Prize. Her major teachers have included Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Franco Ferrara and David Effron. She is currently president of the Conductors Guild.