Described as a “sleek and glistening vocal talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Emily Yocum Black is a versatile and accomplished performer in an array of styles and genres including art song, oratorio, choral, musical theatre, opera, and early music. Recent engagements include premiere performances of Benedict Sheehan’s “Vespers” with the Saint Tikhon Choir, inaugural concerts with Artefact Ensemble, Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” with the Louisville Orchestra, Bach’s “B Minor Mass” with Spire Chamber Ensemble and soprano soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with Bourbon Baroque. Competitions include 2nd Prize Meyerson/Zwanger Award in the 2021 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, the 2019 Silver Medal at the American Traditions Vocal Competition, First Place in the 2019 American Prize for Art Song-Professional Division, 1st Place in the 2019 Mid-South NATSAA Competition, 2nd Place in the Handel Aria Competition, and 1st Place in the Kentucky Bach Choir Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition. Emily lives in her hometown of Paducah, Kentucky with husband Fowler and baby boy Quincy and maintains a full schedule of private voice students.