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Emily Koh

Emily Koh

The title of this work is intentionally written in lower case and with brackets: diver[city].

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 8:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Emily Koh
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $240.00   |   Score (digital) - $60.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom, medium and low
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (5)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

diver[city] is a play on the word "diversity" -- a word commonly used to describe my hometown of Singapore. While the idea of racial harmony is not new in Singapore, the recent Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore (a city I called home for 2.5 years) prompted me to think more globally about racial discrimination, and other types of discrimination -- gender, age, religion, and disability. Discrimination exists because people tend to see differences more than they do similarities. What if we all identify with our similarities and learned about our differences? What would that world be?

In diver[city], I describe a utopia where numerous diverse musical motifs that are first introduced in the beginning evolve organically throughout the piece to create a new, cohesive musical landscape. Together, we make a better world if we all stand together as one.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) – 20 March 2020 (Carnegie Hall, New York) (scheduled, but concert canceled)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) - 1 March 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 25 October 2017
  • Singapore Wind Symphony – December 2015 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Emily Koh website Accessed 24 October 2017
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 378.