Emily Fredrickson is trombonist, composer, arranger, and arts advocate from Clearwater, Florida.
She is an artist inspired to create and support honest endeavors by forging powerful, unlikely connections using her diverse background and widely varied skillset. She is currently the featured solo trombonist of the first national tour of the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway musical, Hadestown. She has arranged over 200 works for big band and orchestra and has over 10 years of experience with music nonprofit organizations in programming and education.
Emily has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions. She currently teaches arranging and composition at the University of New Orleans and serves as the director for the Dee Dee Bridgewater Big Band. She has worked as an arranger and performer with Tony and Grammy award-winners, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Kurt Elling, Ledisi, Eric Benét, Kermit Ruffins and many others. She was featured in French Cosmopolitan as a rising star in music, and has become a regular fixture on the New Orleans music scene.
Her goals include directing a progressive, multi-genre large ensemble, providing innovative scoring for film and video games, and instructing students in developing diverse, successful careers in the arts.
Emily has has the privilege to arrange over 200 works for big band, orchestra, large ensemble, and chamber ensembles.
From international jazz festivals and NFL primetime to award winning albums and sold out concert halls, her works have been performed by some of the best musicians across world.
Emily composes with notion that all honest music is perpetually relevant, transcending genre and musical setting. She is inspired by the beauty found in nature, fantasy worlds in literature, and her mentors and musical ancestors that have guided her journey.
Photo by Eliot Kamenitz