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 - Siroko Duo, Liaison Ensemble, and most recently, Curium Trio. Between these three projects, nearly a dozen new works by women were commissioned and performed multiple times. Emma is an active 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 Operations Manager at the San Francisco Symphony.
Upcoming projects include a commission with cellist Natalie Raney, the premiere of a newly revised work for Slow Wave, and presenting, commissioning, and curating projects with Helia Music Collective throughout the Bay Area. Past collaborations include commissions and performances by 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).