Director, Bucknell Opera Theatre

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Educational Background

  • D.M.A in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Artist Diploma, Academy of Vocal Arts
  • B.M. cum laude in Vocal Performance, Boston University

American lyric soprano Emily Martin is enjoying a diverse and busy career as a performer, director, producer, and mentor for young singers. Acclaimed for her “enchanting iridescence” (The Sarasota Herald Tribune), and having been called “dramatically energetic and skillful” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) with her “acting ability, seamlessly interwoven with her singing” (Charlotte Herald-Tribune), Emily has brought a variety of characters to the stages of The Santa Fe Opera (Peter Grimes), Palm Beach Opera (Thâis), Opera Nevada (Turandot), Chautauqua Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Skylight Music Theater (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina).

Recent seasons she was the featured soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall), Whitbourn’s Annelise (Bucknell University Concert Chorale), Beethoven 9th and Mozart’s Requiem (Greely Philharmonic, CO), Brahms Requiem (Larimer Chorale, CO) Bach B Minor Mass and Gershwin Gala (Syracuse Symphony), Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Fargo-Moorhead Symphony), Strauss Vier Letze Lieder (University Symphony Orchestra, Boulder, CO), Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Anchorage Festival of Music) Handel Judas Maccabaeus and Rutter Requiem (Connecticut Master Chorale), Charlotte Symphony, and Opera Grand Rapids Orchestra Gala.

Upcoming performances see Emily singing Artists Series Concerts Sarasota, a recital celebrating Bernstein’s centennial at the US Embassy in Austria and further recitals with her trio Women on the Verge in Western Canada, London, UK, and Iceland.

She is a graduate of Academy of Vocal Arts (Performance Certificate), and Boston University (BM) and went on to become a member of prestigious young artist programs including the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program, the Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program, and as a Phyllis Curtin Seminarian at the Tanglewood Music Center. As a Finalist in the Llangollen International Singer Eisteddfod, she appeared on Welsh National Television with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yves Abel and was a Finalist in the International Vocal Vissi D’Arte Competition in Prague and the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice Competition.

After almost twenty years on the stage, Emily returned to school to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado- Boulder where she was awarded the Spencer Award Fellowship, the highest award given to a graduate student. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she added opera directing and producing to her academic portfolio and has gone on to direct across the country at Central City Opera, University of Colorado, Opera Colorado, Druid City Opera Workshop, and with the Fisher Ensemble based in Seattle.

Emily is currently on faculty at Bucknell University as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bucknell Opera Theatre where she produces two main stage productions a year. Early in her tenure at Bucknell, Emily was named one of 12 voice teachers from across North America to be mentored at the prestigious National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program. Since then, she has conducted masterclasses for young singers across North America including at the University of Toronto, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, University of Mississippi, University of Toronto Annual Choral Symposium, and Augustana College. During the summer of 2018, she travelled with Bucknell to Western Australia to conduct workshops in vocal health, masterclasses and perform. Upcoming teaching and directing includes being named a recipient of an Opera America Discovery Grant with composer Leanna Kirchoff as well as doing masterclasses and outreach at the University of Iceland, American School in London (UK), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK), and the University of Middlesex (UK).

A successful transition to an academic career of teaching and research still affords Emily the ability to maintain a performance schedule of her making. In 2016 she co-founded the classical voice trio Women on the Verge as a way to focus on the stories of women both historical and fictional as they are relevant to contemporary culture. With a mandate to commission and perform music written by and about women, Women on the Verge premiered their first commission “Blue of the Distance” by Emilie LeBel in March 2018 in Toronto, Canada based on the Syrian refugee crisis. Recently having returned from a premier in Paris and in parts of the US, upcoming tours include London, UK, Reykjavik, Iceland, throughout Alberta including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Lethbridge, Toronto, Seattle, WA and Lewisburg, PA.

Adding to her diverse portfolio of performing, research and teaching, Emily is a certified yoga teacher (RYT) and received her training from Tias and Surya Little in Santa Fe, NM through Prajna Yoga. She has taught multiple singer and musician wellness classes and has presented on her wellness research at the Performing Arts Medical Association National Conference and the NATS National Conference.

Emily lives with her husband and two young daughters and they currently split their time between Lewisburg, PA and the island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine.



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