San Francisco-based composer and curator Emma Logan (b. 1990) writes music that is emotionally compelling through the use of gesture, experimentation, and storytelling. Her piece Three Sisters for three flutes was selected as a finalist in the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and her piece Short Stories for solo guitar received an honorable mention in the 2016 MACRO Composers Competition. Emma’s passion for contemporary music drives her to continue collaborating with fellow composers and performers to bring new music to life.
Emma is co-founder of the Helia Music Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting women in music. Since its inception in 2016, Helia has presented three commissioning projects with Bay Area ensembles and artists - Siroko Duo, Liaison Ensemble, Curium Trio, and most recently, cellist Natalie Raney. Between these projects, over a dozen new works by women were commissioned and performed multiple times. Emma is a curator throughout the Bay Area, most recently serving as a curator for San Francisco’s Center for New Music in 2017-2019 where she presented 20 unique concert programs. In the past, she has served as a composer-in-residence for Fête Concerts, and as an Artistic Director for Composers, Inc. In addition to her creative endeavors, Emma is passionate about arts administration. She is currently the Company Operations Manager at the San Francisco Ballet after being the Operations Manager at the San Francisco Symphony for 4 years.
Upcoming projects include a commissioning collaboration with clarinetist Jeff Anderle and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Clarinet Ensemble, a premiere of a revision of A Certain Slant of Light by Earplay, and a new album by Emma's band Love Can't Save You, Padmè. Past collaborations include commissions and performances by Natalie Raney, Curium Trio, Liaison Ensemble, Robert Simonds, Miolina Duo, SopraDuo, Siroko Duo, Ensemble for These Times, Areon Flutes, and the Guerrilla Composers Guild.
Emma’s work has been performed across the United States, including San Francisco, Chicago, Boulder, and New York, and internationally in Paris, France. She has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium with composer Robert Kyr, the Fresh Inc Music Festival with Fifth House Ensemble, and the Skaneateles Music Festival with composer Paul Moravec. Emma studied with David Garner at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM) and with Andrew Waggoner, Daniel S. Godfrey, and Nicholas Scherzinger at Syracuse University (BM).