Brooklyn-based multiple woodwind instrumentalist Emily Pecoraro is known for her work in pit orchestras and for her participation in divergent ventures across the musical spectrum. She has performed on Broadway as well as with several nationally touring Broadway musicals, and has been a regular tenor and alto saxophone soloist with The Temptations featuring Motown legend Dennis Edwards.
With a creative output embracing both groove-based and classical music, Emily has performed and recorded with Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Afrobeat, and Avant-garde groups including Dingonek Street Band (New York, NY), Big Mean Sound Machine (Ithaca, NY), and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Rochester, NY). Emily is the leader and composer for The Pecoraro Stock Company Players, a Chamber Jazz group based in New York City. In addition to composing for her own projects, Emily is the artistic director and curator of the Avant-garde and Third Stream chamber music concert series, The Variousound Sessions, “a Forward-Thinking Concert Series" with a monthly residency at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory, with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education. Her primary teachers include: Lawrence Feldman (New York, NY), Michael Norsworthy (Boston, MA), Eric Hewitt (Boston, MA), Sarah Brady (Boston, MA), Richard MacDowell (Ithaca, NY), Mike Titlebaum (Ithaca, NY), Michael Galvan (Ithaca, NY), Curt Blood (Hartford, CT), and Luigi Magistrelli (Milan, Italy).
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