Get Up Close with Arts at Emory

First-year students (and all others!) are invited to learn more about exciting opportunities, both as performers and audience members, in the arts at Emory by attending the arts soiree on Friday (Sept. 6) at the Schwartz Center (and watching the video above, starring Jake Krakovsky!).

Arts programs at Emory bring students, faculty, staff, world-renowned guest artists, and audiences together in a spirit of collaboration and discovery. Whether you choose a course of study in the arts at Emory or choose to attend music, theater, or dance performances, an art exhibition, poetry readings, or film screenings, your imagination will be stirred.  Explore Emory Arts, nourish your creativity, and discover the experience of limitless possibilities.

Arts at Emory hosts over 300 events in the performing, visual, and literary arts each year, with internationally acclaimed musicians, numerous student ensembles, a professional theater company, prize-winning poets, novelists, playwrights and much more!


Emory Symphonic Winds Releases Album

In the World of Spirits, the first album of wind band/ensemble music recorded by the Emory Symphonic Winds, is now available on the Naxos Wind Band Classics Label. The album went live on iTunes,  Spotify,, and the Naxos Music Library in October 2012 (CDs are also available).
The music on the album is largely classical Christmas music for wind band/ensemble, including compositions by Gustav Holst, Claude T. Smith, and Philip Sparke.  The epic wind classic “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed is a centerpiece, and Leroy Anderson’s jaunty “Sleigh Ride” adds some fun to the final track.
Two special songs, one by film and television composer Bruce Broughton (of “Silverado” and “Tiny Toons” fame), and another by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon (who attended kindergarten at Emory), were both commissioned by the Emory Wind Ensemble with funding from the University Research Fund and Center for Creativity in the Arts. Both of these pieces are now published and being programmed in the college and professional music worlds.
Of his composition, Broughton writes:  “In the World of Spirits was inspired by, but does not directly reference, the energy, power and terror in the native American magical world of spirit. Dr. Scott Stewart and the Emory Winds give the piece an energetically enthusiastic performance for this premiere recording.”
The Emory Symphonic Winds is a recording group which assembles every summer to record approximately three to four pieces in a nine hours of recording.  Members are current and alumni members of the Emory Wind Ensemble and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, plus a few members of the Atlanta music community with Emory connections.  Scott Stewart programs and conducts the music, and Kay Fairchild, artist affiliate faculty in brass, serves as recording producer.

Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert Goes Primetime

The Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, an Emory hallmark over the holiday season, reaches a larger audience this year when it will be aired by Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, December 23, at 8pm.

Produced by the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory and directed by James Flannery, the Concert celebrates in music, dance, poetry, song and story the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Irish and Scots-­Irish Christmas traditions and their connections with the traditional culture of the American South. Last year’s show won the 2012 Southeast Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. Featured artists include three Grammy Award winners:

  • Moya Brennan, known as “the First Lady of Celtic Song,” performing a number of familiar and lesser-­known Christmas carols;
  • Riverdance composer Bill Whelan with a beautiful choral setting of a 7th century Irish prayer poem, “Quis Est Deus”; and
  • Alison Brown, one of the great five-string banjo players in the world and the first woman ever to win the Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, performing bluegrass music with close ties to the Celtic lands.

Also featured in the concert are the soulful harmonies of Rising Appalachia, a dynamic duo winning applause with their innovative interpretations of traditional Southern music. Other crowd-­pleasing performers are percussionist Joe Craven, renowned Irish balladeer John Doyle as well as stellar uillean piper John Maschinot, old-­time fiddle trio the Rosin Sisters and some of the top traditional musicians of the Southeast.

W.B. Yeats Foundation Homepage

Related Media

2011 Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert GPB special opening

Talking about Creativity at the Arts Soiree



In these YouTube videos from the 2011 Arts Soiree, Emory College students and Dean Robin Forman talk about the power of creativity in their lives.

The Soiree brought out hundreds of students and faculty to exchange ideas, sample art programs and opportunities at Emory — as well as make music, art and dance in front of the Schwartz Center.

Want to feel even more creative? Check out the Emory Creativity & Arts blog.