Emily Millard is a Canadian composer, songwriter, producer and vocalist. Drawing from pop, jazz, folk and classical traditions, she creates “a complex sonic world all her own” (Exclaim!). Emily lives in Nelson, BC where she is currently in pre-production for an upcoming album.
Her commissioned piece Toward the Light for 12-part chamber choir was premiered by musica intima in Vancouver in Spring 2022. Emily recently served as a contributing composer for feature documentary Geographies of Solitude, which premiered at Berlinale 2022. Unknown Rivers, a 35-minute performance for vocal quartet and affected shortwave radio, was recently shown at Vancouver’s Sawdust Collector Series. À la fin du rêve, a duet for vocalise and music box, was commissioned and premiered by Dr. Tara Sievers for Scattered Ecstasies Festival 2019. Emily was invited to attend the Resonant Bodies Residency at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in 2018, where her piece Ropesight was premiered.
As a solo artist, and with her chamber-pop band Morlove, Emily has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe. She has released five solo records - four under the moniker Miss Emily Brown, and her latest, By Heron & By Season (2016) which she released under her birth name. Her work has garnered nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, CBC Bucky Awards and from Berlin’s Kulturnews for Best Live Show.
Emily’s training spans classical and jazz traditions. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Music in Composition from the Music Academy at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver BC, and majored in Voice and Composition in the Contemporary Music & Technology program at Selkirk College, a Berklee satellite school in Nelson BC. Her private training has taken her as far as Oslo, where she studied Vocal Improvisation intensively with Sidsel Endresen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Emily gratefully lives and works on the unceded and ancestral Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.