A classical and contemporary clarinetist, Emily Mehigh explores all the boundaries of clarinet playing through numerous performances and outreach events. While she enjoys evoking the wide range of emotions from the Romantic Era, she also enjoys the technical challenges often brought on by contemporary music. By combining these styles she aims to create programs that educate, entertain, and tell unique stories to her audiences.
Currently she is working with flutist Robin Meiksins as part of the duo RE:New Music. This duo aims to perform and advocate contemporary music for flute and clarinet. Their inaugural recital occurred in November 2017 which included four premieres by Sean William Calhoun, Laura Harrison, Nicholas Maluf, and Jake Gunnar Walsh. This coming January they will be taking their current recital program to Phoenix, Arizona for the Oh My Ears festival. Last spring the duo recorded music for a multimedia project created by Denton McCabe, which was released in October 2017.
In the summer of 2017 Ms. Mehigh attended the Fresh Inc Festival. There she performed “Fantasie” by Jörg Widmann for solo clarinet at the Golden Rondelle Theatre. While at the festival she premiered two mixed ensemble pieces by composers Laura Harrison and Joseph Sowa. Last summer she performed in the inaugural concert of the Madison New Music Festival created by fellow Fresh Inc Alumni Zachary Green. In past summers she has also attended the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and the Orford Contemporary Music Workshop.
Ms. Mehigh received her Masters Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. At Indiana she participated in the New Voices Opera, Double Exposure, and New Art New Music. She has also premiered and performed dozens of works by numerous student composers. She received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Truman State University. Ms. Mehigh has studied with Eli Eban, Jesse Krebs, and Jeanine Garesche.