Composer Emily Doolittle was born in Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie University (Canada), the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Netherlands), Indiana University and Princeton University (US). From 2008-2015 she lived in Seattle, where she was an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK.
Doolittle has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, and Paragon. She has an ongoing research interest in zoomusicology, the study of the relationship between human music and animal songs. Other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music-making, and music as a vehicle for social change