Emily Yocum Black
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A native Kentuckian, soprano Emily Yocum Black is known for her "versatility, a voice of exceptional beauty and her particularly notable gift as a communicator." In the operatic realm, she has performed roles such as Laurie in The Tender Land, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief and she was an Apprentice Studio Artist of Kentucky Opera. As an early music musician, Emily is an alumni of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the Bach Cantata Institute at SongFest Summer Institute, and will be attending the American Bach Soloists Academy in August 2018. Other upcoming engagements in 2018: professional orchestral solo premiere with The Jackson Symphony in September 2018, performances with the Savannah VOICE Festival in October 2018 and engagements as soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah this holiday season in Lexington, KY and Paducah, KY.  Competitions include the Sherrill Milnes Opera Award at the 2018 American Traditions Voice Competition, First Prize at the University of Louisville Aria Competition and Grand Prize at the Kentucky Bach Choir Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition. Emily was a member of the Louisville Chamber Choir, a professional choral ensemble, and is a featured soloist on their album, Songs of Christmas Night. Emily currently resides in her hometown where she maintains her private studio, Atomic City Voice Studio, and teaches voice in area public schools.






  • Emily was chosen at one of 5 sopranos to attend the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute in Toronto, Canada June 10th through June 23rd. She will perform with the Tafelmusik choir and chamber ensemble in various concerts, perform the role of Cupid in scenes from John Blow's opera "Venus and Adonis," collaborate with other singers and instrumentalists to work on and perform arias and duets, and participate in master classes with baritone William Sharp and soprano Ann Monoyios. The program will focus entirely on baroque repertoire and performance practice.


  • Emily was also accepted into the American Bach Soloists Academy taking place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music July 30th through August 12th. This prestigious program is a tuition-free advanced training program exclusively for emerging professionals and highly accomplished students of Historically Informed Performance Practice.