Brooklyn-based multiple woodwind instrumentalist Emily Pecoraro is known for her work in pit orchestras and for her participation in divergent ventures across the musical spectrum. At home in New York, she has performed in the orchestras for the Broadway productions of “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes”, "Kinky Boots", and "Groundhog Day". Emily has toured the country with several National Broadway musicals, including "42nd Street”; "How the Grinch Stole Christmas... the Musical!”; Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls”; and "My Fair Lady". She has also been a regular tenor and alto saxophone soloist with The Temptations Revue featuring Motown legend Dennis Edwards, as well as the tenor saxophonist and lead alto saxophonist with both The Temptations and The Four Tops.
With a creative output embracing both groove-based and classical music, Emily has performed and recorded with other such Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, and Avant-garde groups as: Dingonek Street Band (New York, NY); The Ed Palermo Big Band (New York, NY); Big Mean Sound Machine (Ithaca, NY); Underground Society Band (Boston, MA); The Ward Eights (Boston, MA); Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Rochester, NY).
Emily is the leader and composer for EMPECTET, a Chamber Jazz group based in New York City. In addition to composing for her own projects, Emily is the artistic director and curator of the Avant-garde and Third Stream chamber music concert series, The Variousound Sessions, “a Forward-Thinking Concert Series" with a monthly residency at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory, with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education.
Her primary teachers include: Lawrence Feldman (New York, NY), Michael Norsworthy (Boston, MA), Eric Hewitt (Boston, MA), Sarah Brady (Boston, MA), Richard MacDowell (Ithaca, NY), Mike Titlebaum (Ithaca, NY), Michael Galvan (Ithaca, NY), Curt Blood (Hartford, CT), and Luigi Magistrelli (Milan, Italy).
Emily also works as a professional florist at Honeysuckle Hill Flowers in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. She currently resides in Bushwick with her fiancé, jazz trumpeter Bobby Spellman, and their two toilet-trained cats (yes, really).