Hay is an active member of the Los Angeles and "left coast" music communities, and has performed in avant garde, art rock, free improvisation, electro-acoustical and contemporary classical ensembles such as U Totem, The Motor Totemist Guild, The 5 UU's , Otherparts, I Am Umbrella, Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, The Emily Hay Collective, The Rich West Ensemble, The Jeff Kaiser Okodektet and The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble. Recordings of her work have been released on Cuneiform Records, Recommended Records, Nine Winds, Meta, pfMentum, Public Eyesore and Dragnet Records. She has toured and performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. with concert highlights at the Bimhuis/Amsterdam, the Ottomat/Italy, New Music America Festival/Montreal, Art Rock Festival/Frankfurt, Kulturni Dom/Yugoslavia, Staion de Art Sankt Peter/Cologne and the Reithalle/Switzerland.
Hay has worked in the entertainment business for over 15 years and specializes in music and film contracts and copyright law. She has represented top name clients as a paralegal for entertainment law firms such as Loeb & Loeb, Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca et al and King Holmes, Paterno & Berliner and supervised numerous film and television soundtracks while working in executive positions for film studios such as Tri Star Pictures and Rysher Entertainment.
Emily Hay co-hosts a radio show, "Trilogy", on KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles (and at www.kxlu.com) which features live performances and guest interviews by musicians and composers of the avant-garde, free jazz, improvisation, contemporary classical, experimental and electronic music genres. Hay was Music Director for the Beyond Baroque Foundation where she curated and promoted live experimental music events by performers such as Fred Frith, Tom Cora, John Adams and David Moss as well as the 1992 New Music Across America Festival in L.A.
Born in rural Virginia, Emily Hay received a BFA in music from Bard College in New York and an MFA in music from California Institute of the Arts. She studied musical improvisation with Karl Berger, Dave Holland and Roswell Rudd, flute with Samuel Baron, Claude Monteaux, Julius Baker, James Walker and Patricia Spencer, piano with German Diaz and Chet Swiatkowski, composition and theory with Joan Tower, Mel Powell, Benjamin Boretz, Luis Garcia-Renart and Eli Yarden.