Emily is a violist in New York City whose “elegantly rendered” (The New York Times) viola playing and “masterful interpretation” (I Care if You Listen) of contemporary repertoire has helped her amplify the impact of music in our communities. As a faithful advocate for accessible art, Emily is the Executive Director of New Amsterdam Presents and Records, is a violist and the Director of External Affairs for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and prior to her position at New Amsterdam spent five years working as Grantmaking and Community Manager at New Music USA, a non-profit advocacy organization committed to supporting the music of our time.
She performs regularly with many large and small groups throughout the country, having recently served as artist-in-residence at the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Ground Floor Residency Lab with Brian Carpenter’s Beat Circus, and has toured with Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra. Bookwalter is the violist within the newly-formed SORA quartet, has performed with the band Beirut, has played numerous times as The Moth’s mainstage musician, and has performed in some of NYC’s favorite venues including Roulette, SubCulture, Carnegie Hall, the new Whitney Museum, and more.
As a true believer in new music, she is an avid performer of improvisatory and experimental music with friends and composer Scott Wollschleger. She has appeared on numerous independent albums, including the Ghost Train Orchestra’s 2016 release, Boy Girl Party’s album Dear Dear, ShoutHouse’s self-titled album, and is looking forward to the SOB’s debut album.
2015-16 highlights for Emily include performing as a guest artist at the New Harmony Music Festival, and performing at Celebrate Brooklyn’s summer festival, Pioneer Works, the Lake George Jazz Festival, BargeMusic, and independent venues throughout Brooklyn and New York City. www.emilybookwalter.com