Music in the American Wild

JohnsonMusic in the American Wild is a new music initiative celebrating the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. Over the past year, Emlyn Johnson commissioned eleven established and emerging composers to write new works inspired by the national parks, and this summer she will lead a seven-member chamber ensemble on tour of several of our country’s most celebrated parks to premiere these works in the landscapes that inspired them. The mission of Music in the American Wild is to reconnect their artists and their audiences with the wealth of inspiration and opportunity offered by the American outdoors, and along the way they hope to promote the importance of conservation and innovation to a new generation of fellow artists and park-goers. Their tour includes stops at Mount Rainier, Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, North Cascades, San Juan Islands, Mammoth Cave, and Olympic National Parks, as well as performances in nearby cities and communities, including Seattle, Washington, D.C., Louisville, and Charlottesville. More information can be found at, or you can check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.