Apollo Master Chorale

Emily Lau
Emily Lau (b.1984) is a composer, singer, and storyteller who fuses elements of ancient music with contemporary techniques to tell unique aural and visual stories. Through the process of music-making and sharing, she fosters social and personal conversations that inspire compassion and actions.

BBC Radio calls her contemporary compositions "haunting" and "emotional", Cleveland Classical Review praised her singing of medieval music "striking", and Boston Musical Intelligencer called the multi-media shows she produced and directed “magical” and “imaginative”. This Hong Kong-native has set up permanent camp in the strange and fascinating cultural landscape that is the USA with periodic encouragement by major institutions, in both classical and other popular genres. As a composer, she has written for Grammy's-winning ensembles, network television shows, NPR, and more. As a singer and director, she has appeared on leading chamber and early music series and festivals both domestically and internationally.

As a singer and director, her primary interest is medieval, renaissance, and contemporary music. As a social advocate, she has devoted herself to the causes of homeless children, inner-city sexual and reproductive education, and expressive arts outreach in correctional facilities. Emily is most drawn to the communicative, explorative, and empathetic experiences that come out of the artistic process.

Emily is the founding artistic director of The Broken Consort, a board member of Early Music America, a collaborator in numerous artistic projects, a social advocate, an avid food and animal lover, a friend, a lover, and a person who cannot help but dream aloud. She holds an M.Mus. in Early Music Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College, a B.A. in Music and Sociology from University of Miami, and multiple fellowships, scholarships, and residencies thoroughout her academic and professional career. Emily works out of her studio, Curiosity Crossing, in the beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Personal Site: Emily Lau