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 Emily is working on a series of recitals featuring works by women, transgender, or anyone whose gender doesn’t conform to the binary. Her first recital featured solo clarinet works, all written by women, which was performed on April 12th, 2019 at Slate Arts in Chicago, Illinois. Her second and third recitals will feature works for solo clarinet and electronics and small ensembles, respectively. The dates and times for these recitals are still to be determined.
Emily is also working with the UnTwelve organization, whose goal is to explore the world of music beyond the 12-equal note tuning system. Emily, flutist Robin Meiksins, and trombonist Connor Thummel are preparing for a series of recitals that began on September 21st, 2018. These recitals aim to promote works by composers who are women, transgender, or non-binary. Most recently members of the organization performed at Slate Arts Center in September 2018.
Emily recently created her first solo project, called “The Miniature Month of May,” where every day for a month she played and recorded a short, solo clarinet piece. Each piece was then uploaded to YouTube after recording. The 31 pieces were selected from a call for scores and written by composers of various backgrounds. Miniature Month of May 2.0 will begin in May of 2019.
Recently she has worked 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 past January they took 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.
This summer Emily has attended the SPLICE Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she got to perform “Work It” for solo clarinet and live electronics by Izzi Stevenson. Last summer she attended the Fresh Inc. Festival. There she performed “Fantasie” for solo clarinet by Jorg Widmann and new works for mixed ensembles by Laura Harrison and Joseph Sowa. In August 2016 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.