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, including operatic, oratorio, choral, and musical theatre.
In the operatic realm, Emily has performed the roles of Laurie in The Tender Land (2017), Pamina in The Magic Flute (2016), Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (2015) and Silverpeal in The Impresario (2015). She was the 2016-2017 Apprentice Studio Artist for Kentucky Opera where she performed as a chorus member and worked with their educational outreach program. In addition to success in various competitions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is also the First Prize Winner of the 2016 University of Louisville Aria Competition.
Emily has enjoyed recent success in oratorio, winning Grand Prize in the Kentucky Bach Choir Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition (2016) where she competed against vocalists from across the country. She performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Bach Choir following her win. In 2015 and 2016, Emily performed as a soloist and a member of the 13-person chorus for Handel’s Messiah with the New York-based ensemble, Bourbon Baroque. She has also performed at Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, KY for performances of Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noel (2015) and Handel’s Messiah (2014).
This summer, Emily will attend the prestigious SongFest Summer Institute at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA as a Professional Fellow. While there, she will participate in the Bach Cantata Institute conducted by John Harbison, join John Musto in recital in a performance of his song cycle Penelope, and will be featured in the final American Songbook concert. Emily attended SongFest in 2014 as a Young Artist and Schubert Scholar and she performed in master classes given by Sanford Sylvan, Lisa Saffer and Jake Heggie and coached privately with Jake Heggie. She was also chosen to perform in “Songs in the Key of L.A.”, a concert series that featured songs about the city performed in various Los Angeles venues.
Emily has been a member of numerous successful choral ensembles. She is currently a three-year member of the Louisville Chamber Choir where she is a frequent soloist. In 2015, Emily was a featured soloist under the baton of Teddy Abrams when the Louisville Chamber Choir performed as the Street Singer choir in the Louisville Orchestra’s performances of Bernstein’s Mass (2015). She was a five-year member of the award-winning University of Louisville Cardinal Singers and traveled to South Korea (2013, 2015), Vietnam (2013), Singapore (2015), Taiwan (2015), China (2016), and Germany (2017) during her tenure, performing numerous solos with the ensemble. Emily was also a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Cardinal Singers (2017 and the Paducah Tilghman Chorale (2009).
Emily’s performance career began in musical theatre at the Market House Theatre, an award-winning community theatre in Paducah, KY, at the age of four. She performed in numerous productions playing roles such as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (2009) and Sharpay Evans in High School Musical (2008). Emily was a teaching assistant for Footlights, an education program teaching youth from pre-school to high school skills in acting, improv and musical theatre. Recently, she has returned to Market House Theatre as music director for their popular summer camps: Broadway Bootcamp (2017, 2016), Seussical! The Musical (2017), Music Man, Jr. (2016), and Dinosaurs After Dark (2015).
Photographer: Brad Rankin Studio