Emily Martin

Emily Martin

Assistant Professor of Music
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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 has regularly received acclaim for her “enchanting iridescence” (The Sarasota Herald Tribune), and has been called “dramatically energetic and skillful” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).   Her “acting ability, seamlessly interwoven with her singing” (Charlotte Herald-Tribune) is apparent in her performances with such companies as the Santa Fe Opera (Peter Grimes), Palm Beach Opera (Thâis), Nevada Opera (Turandot), Chautauqua Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Skylight Music Theatre (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina), among others.

Upcoming 2019-2020 season projects include masterclasses and performances at McMaster University, artist in residence with Centennial Secondary School Arts Program (Belleville, ON) and working with emerging composers, singers and pianists in developing new vocal repertoire through Green Room Sound Collective.

The 2018/19 season found Emily singing a concert of Offenbach with Choral Arts Sarasota, making concert debuts in London and Western Canada, and performing a recital celebrating Bernstein’s centennial at the US Embassy in Austria at the Amerika Haus.

During a busy 2017/18 season, Emily sang concerts around the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the world premiere of Emilie LeBel’sBlue of the Distance with the trio she co-founded Women on the Verge.  Concerts in Paris, New York, Texas, Perth, Toronto, and Maine rounded out the season.

As Director and Producer the 2019/2020 season includes directing a workshop in NYC of Friday after Friday, with music by Leanna Kirchoff and libretto by Rachel Peters supported by Opera America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program. As a producer, Emily has put in over a year of work into a week-long program in November at Bucknell University “Dayeinu! Learning from the Holocaust!” Dayeinu! will offer the Bucknell community, central PA community, and regional educators the opportunity to learn how to teach the Holocaust effectively, and how to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to contemporary concerns about rising nationalism and ongoing world conflicts. Musical performances, talks, workshops, and films will be offered to demonstrate how the arts have been used to commemorate, contextualize, and heal from widescale trauma. The week will culminate in a performance directed and produced by Emily of of “Brundibar”, a children’s opera composed in 1939 and performed for the first time in 1942 by the children of the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Bucknell Opera Theatre.

As an advocate of social justice, Emily has found various ways to use her art to explore social equity.  From beginning an opera education program introducing opera and music to the underserved communities of Central Pennsylvania (PA), curating recitals showcasing Syrian women’s poetry, to organizing and producing a week of nationally recognized Holocaust centered events, Emily is constantly looking for new ways to intertwine the vocal arts with advocacy.  Also an experienced yoga and movement teacher, Emily is interested in combining movement with music making to produce awareness of the physical body and optimum sound. With two yoga certifications, Emily has taught many musician-specific movement classes, including at the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Mannes School of Music, Opera Colorado, Taos Opera Institute, and the University of Colorado. Emily’s main focus is on teaching proactive strategies to prevent initial injury, rather than reactive responses once the injury has happened.  From yoga sequences, myo-fascial release, meditation, and wellness information (sleep, food), Emily strives to provide musicians with knowledge beyond what they receive in their applied lesson studio so they can be take-charge of their overall instrument in the practice room and on the performance stage. She has presented on her wellness research at the Performing Arts Medical Association National Conference, the NATS National Conference and the CMS Wellness Webinars.

Emily has conducted masterclasses for young singers in United Kingdom, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, and across North America at the University of Toronto, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech University, University of Mississippi, University of Toronto Annual Choral Symposium, and Augustana College.  In 2012, Emily was one of 12 voice teachers from across the country selected for the prestigious National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program.

In recent seasons she was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall), Whitbourn’s Annelise (Bucknell University Choir), 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.

Emily is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder (DMA), the Academy of Vocal Arts (Performance Certificate), and Boston University (BM).  She was awarded the Spencer Award Fellowship at CU Boulder, the highest award given to a graduate student.  In the past season, Emily was a Finalist in the International Vocal Vissi D’Arte Competition in Prague and the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice Competition

As a Finalist in the Llangollen International Singer Eisteddfod, she appeared on Welsh National Television with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Yves Abel.  She has participated in 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.