Emily Siar is a soprano based in Boston, MA. An active performer of opera, art song, chamber music, new music, musical theater, and cabaret, Emily has performed on the stages of Jordan Hall (Boston), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall (Rochester), The Huntington Theatre (Boston), the Paramount Theatre (Boston), and the Granada Theatre (Santa Barbara). She has recently been a featured artist with Boston Opera Collaborative and Mass Opera. Favorite roles performed include Calisto (Cavalli's Calisto), Cendrillon (Massenet's Cendrillon), Barbarina (Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro), La princesse (Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges), Papagena (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), Cosette (Les Miserables), and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz).
A fourth year DMA (doctoral) candidate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music, Emily holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelors of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having graduated summa cum laude as a Kenan Music Scholar.
Emily maintains a thriving private voice studio in Boston and also serves on faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Massachusetts Boston, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Previously, she worked at the Voice Lab, where she provided gender-affirming singing and speech lessons to transgender and nonbinary students and clients. Emily's students have been accepted to such prestigious institutions as the Berklee College of Music and the Longy School of Music at Bard College and have been awarded prizes at both local and regional NATS auditions. An emerging pedagogue to watch, Emily was the youngest of twelve voice interns chosen for the 2021 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, where she worked closely with master teacher Dr. Kari Ragan.
In the summer of 2020, Emily founded the Versatile Voice Institute, an organization dedicated to offering high-quality, accessible musical enrichment opportunities for high-school singers.
Emily has completed Levels I, II, and III of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. She is also a graduate of the New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. Emily is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently serves as Director of Digital Media on the NATS Boston Board.
In 2019, Emily was the recipient of a sizable grant from the Presser Foundation, enabling her to travel to Paris to research fin de siècle French cabaret and diseuse Yvette Guilbert. As the winner of the DMA Prize Instructorship in Music History at New England Conservatory, Emily has taught a semester-long undergraduate elective course she designed titled, "Cabaret and Culture" at New England Conservatory.
Emily's doctoral research explores student classical voice majors' attitudes toward and experiences of voice impairment. She is an advocate for changing conversations about voice health and injury and seeks to empower young singers to better understand their voices and how to to access voice care should they need it.