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Emily Robertson is a musicologist studying the development, historical trends, and presentation of graphic scores. She is especially intrigued by the ways in which these scores have mediated relationships between composers, performers, and audiences. Notation, as the communication of sound throughout history, has been a theme of her widely varied academic career. After a thesis on a Franco-Flemish Renaissance Mass, for which she was named an Enosinian Scholar at George Washington University and published in Current Musicology, she studied early experiments with synthetic sound on film (optical recording systems) for a Master’s degree with the Musicology & Ethnomusicology divisions at the University of Maryland. She discovered a deep interest in how people use their music technology and visualise sound. In early 2011, a University Studentship made it possible for her to relocate to Queen’s University Belfast SARC to study both!
Since coming to Belfast, Emily has been involved in the Centre’s concert and festival production, as well as learning a bit of programming, pursuing project management accreditation, and participating in music as a performer and composer. Currently, life doesn’t leave nearly as much opportunity for instrument-making and harpsichord practice as she would like. But she does continue to enjoy cooking, gardening, drawing landscapes, and reading in cosy nooks.