Clarinetist Emily Wasson Bowland maintains an active career as performer and teacher. An equally versatile performer on clarinet, E-flat, and bass clarinets, she enjoys an interesting and diverse career, both live and in the recording studios. Emily currently holds the positions of Principal Clarinet of Orchestra Kentucky, 3rd/Bass Clarinet of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Opera Orchestra.
As a soloist, she has appeared with Orchestra Kentucky and on recitals at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the Society of Composers, Inc.. Emily was a part of several recordings with the Nashville Symphony, a highlight being the release of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” under the direction of Leonard Slatkin; and was a part of the world-premiere of Trey Anastasio’s “Time Turns Elastic” with Orchestra Nashville, a performance featured in Rolling Stone magazine. An enthusiastic supporter of contemporary music, Emily is a core member of Nashville-based new music ensembles Intersection and chatterbird.
Emily is active in the Nashville studio scene, having performed on many movie and video game soundtracks and recording for publishing companies to solo artist projects. She can be heard on Jack White’s Grammy-nominated debut solo album, “Blunderbuss.” She is also featured in a recording with roots musician Pokey LaFarge, as a part of the film soundtrack for The Lone Ranger (2013).
Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. Her major teachers have included Yehuda Gilad, Mitchell Lurie, and Richie Hawley. She resides in Franklin with her husband, saxophonist Jimmy Bowland, and kids, Parker and Ila. When not playing the clarinet, Emily loves to hike with her family.