Emerson Eads


Dr. Emerson Eads currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Minot State University. As a composer and conductor, he has devoted himself to music of social concern.

His Mass for the Oppressed was written to support the Fairbanks Four, Alaskan Natives from the composer’s hometown who were wrongfully imprisoned for over sixteen years. His cantata “…from which your laughter rises” was written for the mothers of the Fairbanks Four. His opera, The Princess Sophia, premiered in Juneau, Alaska, on October 25th, 2018, to a rave review in Opera magazine. Recent work includes A Prairie Cantata and Black Wolf: A Passion Cantata. Emerson studied choral conducting with Carmen-Helena Téllez at the University of Notre Dame, working with eminent choral conductors, including Joseph Flummerfelt, Stephen Cleobury, Ann Howard Jones, and Peter Phillips. Before his graduate work, he studied composition with Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.     

We are pleased to present his work in a commission for The Unquiet Country by Patrick Milian. 

Read more about him on his site, www.emersoneads.com, and hear more of his music on Soundcloud, https://soundcloud.com/emerson-eads.