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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 is a multifaceted artist with a passion for innovating the classical music experience through multidisciplinary collaboration. After training the highest levels as both a classical flutist and modern dancer, she saw an opportunity to facilitate artists of many disciplines working together in creating their art, thus founding the Milwaukee-based group, Cadance Collective. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. Her teachers in flute include Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Jeani Foster and Caen-Thomason Redus, and in dance, Simone Ferro, Luc Vanier and Ed Burgess.

Emma is currently a flutist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is Professor of Flute at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a regular substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and had the pleasure of joining the MSO on their 2012 Carnegie Hall tour as part of the Spring for Music Festival under the direction of Edo de Waart. She served as Third Flute/Piccolo with the Florida Grand Opera, and has also performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic.

As a member of Zonda Duo, along with Argentinian flutist Julieta Blanco, Emma has toured as a performer and teacher throughout Argentina. She served on the faculty at the second annual International Festival of Youth and Children’s Orchestras in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011).

As a dancer, Emma has worked with WildSpace Dance Company, and Milwaukee choreographer Luc Vanier. She is also a teacher for Danceworks, Inc.'s Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.