Emily Yocum Black
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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.






  • 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.