Named the 2018 Maine Artist of the Year, and one of the 50 Mainers Leading the State, Dr. Emily Isaacson is sought after for her dynamic performances, innovative programs, and distinctive productions. In 2008 Isaacson helped to launch Roomful of Teeth, a GRAMMY-winning new vocal music ensemble and in 2015 and 2018 she won third place in the American Prize in Choral Conducting. She is the Artistic Director of the Oratorio Chorale, and founder and Artistic Director of the Portland Bach Experience.  Isaacson’s performances have been heralded as “inventive, enlightening, and moving” (Portland Press Herald), “awesome in the most literal sense of the word” (Times Record),  “virtually flawless...little short of phenomenal” (Maine Classical Beat) and “not just music, it’s the full panoply of human creative endeavor” (Wiscasset Newspaper).  In the 2018 season, Isaacson will guest conduct the Handel + Haydn Society Collaborative Youth Projects.