Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky, soprano Emily Yocum Black has found success in multiple genres of vocal music. In the operatic realm, she has performed roles such Laurie in The Tender Land, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Silverpeal in The Impresario and was an Apprentice Studio Artist of Kentucky Opera. She has also enjoyed success in oratorio including annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque and attending the Bach Cantata Institute at SongFest Summer Institute under the direction of John Harbison. 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 was frequently featured as a soloist, including performances of Bernstein’s Mass with the Louisville Orchestra. Emily currently resides in her hometown where she maintains her private studio, Atomic City Voice Studio, and teaches voice in area public schools.