Alaskan composer and conductor, Emerson Eads, studies conducting at the University of Notre Dame with Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez. He also studied with Peabody's Markand Thakar, and conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the University of Alaska Fairbanks' premiere percussion ensemble, 64.8 featuring percussionists Bob Becker and Anders Astrand in several performances of Varse' Ionisation.
A student of John Luther Adams, Eads is composing his second commissioned opera, with librettist Dave Hunsaker, in a new opera, The Princess Sophia, for the centenary remembrance of the Sophia's sinking in 1918. The opera is scheduled to be premiered in the fall of 2018.
Summer of 2017 will feature the release of Eads' album, Mass for the Oppressed, which features his arrangement of the spiritual, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, his own setting of the De Profundis, and the title work, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists, Tess Altiveros, Toby Newman, Barry Banks, David Miller, and Jaunelle Celaire. Mass for the Oppressed was written in response to the release of the Fairbanks Four who were wrongfully imprisoned for eighteen years, and were just recently released from prison.
His song cycle, Robinsonade with poetry written by Patrick Milian, will be premiered in the fall of 2017 by internationally acclaimed lyric tenor, Barry Banks, for whom it was composed.