Emily Yocum Black
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Described as “bright-toned and vividly alluring” and “a sleek and glistening vocal talent” (San Francisco Chronicle) American soprano Emily Yocum Black is quickly emerging as a versatile and accomplished young performer of varying genres of music. Known for her sparkling, clear timbre and particular gifts as a communicator, Emily feels at home in oratorio, chamber music, art song, opera, and musical theatre. Emily has performed major works with various orchestras and chamber ensembles including Bernstein’s Mass with Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque, and a presentation of John Musto’s song cycle Penelope with the composer at the piano.

Upcoming engagements include performances with The Jackson Symphony as featured soloist in their “Starlight Concert Series”; an appearance with the Savannah Voice Festival; and Handel’s Messiah with Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky. In the 2017-2018 season, Emily was the winner of the Sherrill Milnes Opera Award and a semifinalist at the American Traditions Voice Competition in Savannah, Georgia; she attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada where she was seen as Cupid in John Blow’s opera Venus and Adonis, and was a soloist in the final performance of Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta Est Maria; and she attended the American Bach Soloists Academy where she performed the role of Iris in Handel’s opera Semele, and was a soloist in the final concert event of Bach’s B Minor Mass.







"...another winning soprano (Emily Yocum Black) sparkled brightly in the role of Iris..." - San Francisco Classical Voice

"Emily Yocum Black joined knife-edged diction with some luscious phrasing..." - San Francisco Classical Voice

"..the evening's boldest star turn came from Black, who brought a full measure of technical bravura and grace to the role of Iris." - San Francisco Chronicle