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). 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 private voice studio in Boston and also serves on faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and The Voice Lab. At NEC, Emily teaches private voice lessons and lyric diction to gifted pre-college singers, and, at the Voice Lab, she provides gender-affirming singing and speech lessons to transgender and nonbinary folks. Her students have been accepted to such prestigious institutions as the Berklee College of Music and the Longy School of Music at Bard College.
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.
In addition to teaching classical singing, Emily is passionate about musical theater and CCM styles and has completed Levels I, II, and III of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. She is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently 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 will teach an undergraduate elective course on "Cabaret and Culture" at NEC in the spring of 2021.
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.