Emily Yocum Black
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Commended as “a tremendous musician, a voice of exceptional beauty [and her] particularly notable gift as a communicator,” soprano Emily Yocum Black has found success in multiple genres of vocal music. In the operatic realm, she has performed roles such as Pamina in The Magic Flute (2016), Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief  (2015), and Silverpeal in The Impresario (2015) and was the First Prize Winner of the University of Louisville Aria Competition (2016). Emily was the Apprentice Studio Artist of Kentucky Opera from 2016-2017. In contemporary music, Emily has had the opportunity to work with Jake Heggie and John Musto and presented a portion of Musto's Penelope Songs at the SongFest Summer Institute with the composer at the piano (2017). She has also enjoyed success in oratorio including annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque and winning the Grand Prize in the Kentucky Bach Choir Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition where she competed against professional vocalists from across the country (2016). Last summer as a part of her professional fellowship at the prestigious SongFest Summer Institute, she was chosen as one of a select number of vocalist from across the country to take part in the Bach Cantata Institute under the direction of John Harbison. She was a 5- year member of the acclaimed University of Louisville Cardinal Singers. Along with performing at two National ACDA conventions (2013, 2017), one regional ACDA convention (2015) and an NCCO convention (2015) during her tenure, she traveled to Germany, China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam with the Cardinal Singers to perform and compete across the globe. She was also a member of the Louisville Chamber Choir, a professional choral ensemble, and was frequently featured as a soloist, including performances of Bernstein’s Mass with the Louisville Orchestra (2015).





  • As one of 28 singers from across the country, Emily has been chosen as a Quarterfinalist for the 25th Annual American Traditions Vocal Competition. She will travel to Savannah, GA in February to present repertoire from cabaret to opera to pop. Past winners of the American Traditions Vocal Competition include Titus Burgess, Morgan James, among others. Keep up-to-date during this exciting week by liking Emily Yocum Black, Soprano on Facebook.


  • Emily will join Bourbon Baroque again for their chamber performances of Handel's Messiah in Louisville, KY. This unique performance of the Messiah uses only 12 singers for all choruses and arias. Details and ticket information can be found at www.bourbonbaroque.com.