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), Opera Nevada (Turandot), Chautauqua Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Skylight Music Theater (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina), among others.
This 2017/18 season finds Ms. Martin singing concerts around the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the world premiere of Emilie LeBel’s Blue of the Distance with the trio she co-founded Women on the Verge. Concerts in Paris, New York, Texas, Perth, Toronto, and Maine round out the season.
Looking ahead to the 2019/20 season, Ms. Martin will be singing Brahms’ Requiem 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.
The 2016/17 season featured Ms. Martin in opera, concert and recital repertoire around the United States. Opera performances included Alice Ford (Falstaff) with Opera on the James, and as part of the Fisher Ensemble, she created the world premiere roles of Mary the Mother (The Passion Trilogy) and Martha Jefferson (Monticello Wakes) by Garrett Fisher, both in Los Angeles, CA. Last season’s concert repertoire also included the role of Joan of Arc (Einhorn Voices of Light) with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.
In recent seasons she was the 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.
Ms. Martin 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, Ms. Martin 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 Philharmonic Orchestra 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.
Ms. Martin is currently on the faculty Bucknell University as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bucknell Opera Theatre. She has conducted masterclasses for young singers across North America at the University of Toronto, Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, University of Toronto Annual Choral Symposium, and Augustana College. Ms. Martin has also directed opera across the country at Central City Opera, University of Colorado, Opera Colorado, Druid City Opera Workshop, and was recently a recipient of an Opera America Discovery Grant with composer Leanna Kirchoff. In 2012, Ms. Martin was one of 12 voice teachers from across the country selected for the prestigious National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program.
In addition Ms. Martin 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.