Emily Roberts (b. 1997) is a composer originally from Laguna Beach, California. As a child, Emily was exposed to all styles of music. She began playing flute at the age of 8, and guitar and piano shortly thereafter. It was her middle school band teacher who first encouraged her to begin composing. Emily immediately loved the process of composing and seeing her ideas come to life, and it became a passion that she pursued in her free time. By the time Emily reached high school, she was enrolled in every music class her school offered, and played music every chance she had. She began to play cello, piccolo, marimba, and mandolin, although flute continued to be her primary instrument. Performing on a variety of instruments only fueled her love for music, and inspired her to compose for any and all instruments available to her.
After graduating high school in 2015, she took a year off in order to study with her flute teacher, Benjamin Smolen, and prepared to begin her studies at a music conservatory. It was during this time that she decided to pursue composition, rather than flute performance. In 2017, Emily began her undergraduate studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a Presidential Scholar. During her time at Longy, she has composed for esteemed ensembles such as loadbang and the Horszowski Trio, as well as individuals such as Erika Matei, Kaitlin Crull, and Charles Jacobs. Emily has studied composition with Dr. Paul Brust and Dr. Amy Beth Kirsten, and currently studies with Peter Aldins.