Emily Isaacson is recognized for her versatility, sensitivity, and energy on the stage. Her direction of Brahms’ Requiem was heralded as “one of the most moving musical events of the decade” by the Portland Press Herald and “sublime” by the Times Record. In 2015 she was awarded third place for the American Prize in Performing Arts, Choral Conducting, Community Division. Isaacson serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and the Artistic Director of the Oratorio Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble, a symphonic chorus and professional orchestra in Maine. In 2008 Isaacson helped to launch Roomful of Teeth, a GRAMMY-winning new vocal music ensemble, and in 2016 Isaacson co-founded the Portland Bach Festival with Lewis Kaplan.
A graduate of Williams College, in 2004 Isaacson was one of two U.S. citizens awarded the St. Andrews Society Fellowship for graduate study in Scotland, where she read for a master’s degree in musicology at Edinburgh University. Isaacson holds a second master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. Emily lives in Portland with her husband, three-year-old daughter, and one-year-old son.