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  • Nightclub 1960

    from, "Histoire du Tango" by Astor Piazzolla Emma Koi, Flute Jack Rago, marimba

Emma Koi

  • Music
  • Dance
I am a Music Professional I am a Dance Professional

artist bio

Emma Koi maintains an eclectic career as an orchestral, chamber and collaborative flutist. She is an alum of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Principal Flute of the Festival City Symphony, Third Flute/Piccolo with the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute musician with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She had the pleasure of joining the MSO on their Carnegie Hall tour for the Spring for Music Festival in 2012. Ms. Koi has worked under the batons of conductors Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Sweden and Ricardo Muti, and has performed with soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, and Alisa Weilerstien, among others.

An active chamber musician and collaborative flutist, Ms. Koi is an alum of the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music and the Bowdoin Institute of Chamber Music in Brunswick, Maine. She has performed locally with Milwaukee Musaik, Frankly Music, Access Contemporary Music for Doors Open Milwaukee, and on many recital projects with Milwaukee area chamber musicians. She enjoys a regular schedule of collaborative projects, and has worked with Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company and in collaboration with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne.

A multi-faceted artist with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration, Emma Koi is the founder of Cadance Collective, a Milwaukee-based ensemble of musicians and dancers, treating choreography and composition as equal tools in creating new work for the stage. Cadance Collective performed at the Inaugural Milwaukee Fringe Festival in August, 2016, and has been a featured guest artist on several subscription concerts at Danceworks Performance Company. The company has created commissioned work for the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center and the Battery Factory, the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Cadance Collective’s work has received favorable reviews from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Magazine and Shepherd Express, and has received global attention in the Epoch Times.
In demand as a teacher and clinician, Ms. Koi has served as a coach for youth band and orchestra programs throughout the country and was on the faculty at the 2nd Annual Festival of Youth Orchestras and Choirs in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011. She has served on the faculty at Mount Mary University, and maintains a private studio for flute students in the Milwaukee area.

Emma Koi holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and degrees in music (BA) and dance (BFA) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Caen Thomason-Redus and Jeani Foster.