Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer who freely intertwines acoustic and electronic music. A recent graduate from the doctoral program at Princeton University, O’Halloran has written for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, symphony orchestra, film, and theatre. For her efforts, O’Halloran has been praised by I Care If You Listen editor-in-chief Amanda Cook for writing “some of the most unencumbered, authentic, and joyful music that I have heard in recent years,” and has won numerous competitions, including National Sawdust’s inaugural Hildegard competition and the Next Generation award from Beth Morrison Projects.
O’Halloran is a founding member of the Kinds of Kings collective, a group of six composers described by The New Yorker as “distinguished young creators who work in diverse styles.” As part of Kinds of Kings, she not only produces immersive and inclusive work, but is developing a mentorship infrastructure for composers in under-heard and underrepresented demographics. Kinds of Kings are artists-in-residence at National Sawdust for their 2019-2020 season.
Current and future projects include a piece for piano and electronics for Isabelle O’Connell, a work for Rubiks Collective, and an opera called Trade that will be developed, produced and toured by Beth Morrison Projects.