Emily Yocum Black

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 young 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, and Bourbon Baroque.

Emily was recently named Silver Medal Winner of the 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition. Upcoming engagements include performances of Brahm’s Requiem with Spire Chamber Ensemble, a return to the Louisville Orchestra in Michael Tilson Thomas’s piece Playthings of the Wind, a Modern Broadway Concert performance at the Savannah Music Festival, and as a 2019 Festival Artist with the Savannah VOICE Festival. In the 2017-2018 season, Emily was the winner of the Sherrill Milnes Opera Award and a semifinalist 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, and was a soloist in the final concert event of Bach’s B Minor Mass.






"...another winning soprano (Emily Yocum Black) sparkled brightly in the role of Iris..." - San Francisco Classical Voice

"Emily Yocum Black joined knife-edged diction with some luscious phrasing..." - San Francisco Classical Voice

"..the evening's boldest star turn came from Black, who brought a full measure of technical bravura and grace to the role of Iris." - San Francisco Chronicle