WE BELIEVE IN PUTTING OUR ARTISTS FIRST.
Emitha LLC, founded by Gillian Riesen is an artist-driven production house designed to address the needs of emerging artists, brands organizations in the fast-paced digital world of video, music and design. As artists ourselves, we felt overwhelmed by the high cost, and complex approach of competing creative studios, often requiring artists to spend precious hours better spent on stage, struggling to master social media, graphic design and production. Yet despite our best efforts, finding affordable services under one roof, focused on Classical, Classical Crossover, Musical Theatre, Opera and Classical Pop was nowhere to be found. Our answer, build it ourselves.
We understand how it feels to be on both sides of the table, from the challenge and focus on performing to the high cost of content. By bringing all aspects of the creative process in-house, we are revolutionizing what is possible in the independent recording industry and the rapid moving worlds of content creation.
At Emitha LLC we are committed to helping your project come to life and are here to assist you with a suite of services including web design, photography, promotion, streaming/playlist curation, film/video services and audio production (recording, mixing, mastering, distribution). From concept to execution our dedicated team is with you every step of the way and the place to come for your first single, image revamp or fully produced album.
MEET THE TEAM
As the founder and President of EMITHA, Gillian Riesen is passionate about helping artists to develop digital and online media that beautifully reflects their art. As a classically trained opera singer, Gillian has a thorough and valuable understanding of unique digital needs that musicians have.
Gillian began her training in website design in 2014 with her debut company - Ink Fox Web Design - and received immediate attention for her modern designs and thoughtful layouts. Her passion for helping fellow musicians to establish a web presence led to a client family of over 60 singers, directors, conductors and instrumentalists by 2019. That same year (...)
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF PR & DISTRIBUTION
Popular operatic crossover tenor John Riesen is changing the name of the game for classical and crossover artists on streaming. When covid-19 cancelled theatre work, John turned his attention from the stage to understanding streaming, licensing, distribution, music marketing, facebook ads and the Spotify algorithms. Over time, he has developed a keen understanding of the process by which an artist can truly be heard, and is committed to growing a united ecosystem for these underserved genres.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF PRODUCTION
As an active producer, director and performer, Jonathan Estabrooks has amassed over 15 years of experience, 3+ Million views with a wide variety of content from short-form documentary, music videos and commercial content, to charity singles and full album financing and production. As a graduate of The Juilliard School he has been hailed by the New York Times as ‘a robust baritone’ his experience in front of and behind-the-scenes has given him a unique understanding of the industry and how to craft the most compelling stories through music and film.
Maria Valdes is a musician, teacher, and creator based out of Atlanta. A recent graduate of Georgia institute of Technology’s data science program, she brings her experience in the arts and computer sciences together as a web designer that knows the unique technology needs of artists. Maria maintains a robust career in the opera industry, singing this season at companies such as Houston Grand Opera and Hawaii Opera Theater. She is passionate about performing works of living composers as well as Latin American Art Song.
Pianist Neill Campbell has worked as a collaborator, vocal coach, and chorus master at opera companies across the United States, including the Seagle Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Neill's work as a recording artist and arranger can be heard on the albums What You'd Call a Dream, and Christmas at Home, featuring Emitha's own Gillian & John Riesen.