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 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 the Louisville Orchestra, Spire Chamber Ensemble, the Jackson Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Madison Bach Musicians, and Bourbon Baroque.
Emily was recently named Silver Medal Winner of the 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition and 2nd Place winner at the 7th Annual Handel Aria Competition. Upcoming engagements include performances as a 2019 Festival Artist with the Savannah VOICE Festival (in addition to concerts and recitals, Emily will be originating the role of Marie in Michael Ching’s new opera The Birthday Clown), a recital with guitarist Jamie Monck at the University of Louisville Guitar Festival, and concerts with the Savannah Philharmonic, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. In previous seasons, Emily was named winner of the Sherrill Milnes Opera Award 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 to critical acclaim, and was a soloist in the final concert event of Bach’s B Minor Mass.