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Emily Green was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 2001. She studied voice and composition at the University of Toronto. Emily has been a composer in residence for the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and has had several works performed and premiered by choirs such as the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, the Capital Chamber Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the University of Torontoʼs Concreamus Chamber Choir. She was also selected for the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto’s choral composer’s workshop in January 2019 and January 2020.

Green is an active member of the music community at large. She has been a volunteer and mentor, working with programs such as OrKidstra, the Ottawa Children’s Choir in Ottawa, and Youth4Music’s Ottawa hub. She has been a member of Green Room Sound Collective: a student-led group at the University of Toronto with a focus on creating and premiering new works by student composers. 

Let Me Go - #1 from the PARADISE IN A DREAM set

by Emily Green

SATB with piano – CP 1839 – duration: 5:45

Let Me Go is a setting of two of Christina Rossetti’s poems, Let Me Go, and When I Am Dead, My Dearest, the latter of which she wrote in 1848 when she was still a teenager. The setting begins as a solemn funeral march, eventually taking on a more hopeful and reassuring tone.

Echo - #2 from the PARADISE IN A DREAM set

by Emily Green

SATB with piano – CP 1840 – duration: 3:45

In the form of a haunting lullaby, Echo tells the story of a grieving lover begging their partner to come back to them in a dream, so that they may be together again. 

Paradise in a Dream - #3 from the PARADISE IN A DREAM set

by Emily Green

SATB with piano – CP 1841 – duration: 5:50

Paradise: In A Dream describes glorious visions of paradise, so beautiful that they can hardly be fathomed by mortals on earth. This ethereal setting is the culmination of the set of four pieces.

Fluttered Wings - #4 from the PARADISE IN A DREAM set

by Emily Green

SATB a cappella – CP 1842 – duration: 4:36

Fluttered Wings is an elegant and accessible a cappella setting which depicts the bright day, the sunset, the night sky, and a longing to be free of one’s worldly burdens.

PARADISE IN A DREAM (complete set of four movements)

by Emily Green

SATB with piano and also a cappella – CP 1843 – duration: 20 minutes

Paradise: In A Dream is a song cycle featuring four pieces, each with their own unique character, set to poems by Christina Rossetti. Each poem follows the themes of life and death, and their significance for an individual, as well as for the people close to the individual. The poems have religious implications but the universal themes, such as grief, acceptance of death, and curiosity about what comes after death, can touch listeners from all walks of life.