Emma Hospelhorn is a Chicago-based flutist, collaborator, teacher, and researcher. She is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente, as well as one half of The Machine Is Neither…, a computer music collaboration with composer Ben Sutherland that pushes the boundaries of live electronics processing through sonic and gestural control (this is to say, she makes awesome sounds happen with a wave of her hand). A versatile and magnetic performer, she also records and performs with a number of rock and pop groups. She has been featured live on numerous radio broadcasts for WBEZ and WGN 9 Chicago, and performs regularly on stages large and small throughout the United States and Europe. She is the music director for Bridging Memory Through Music, a therapeutic intervention for patients with dementia and their families.
Emma holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her research focuses on spatial and embodied group learning in musical contexts. She brings a research-based and student-centered perspective to her teaching practice as flute instructor for the Chicago Academy for the Arts and New Trier High School. Emma also holds degrees from Columbia University and CUNY Queens College, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2007-2009.