Emily Siar, D.M.A., is a soprano and voice teacher based in Boston, MA. An active performer of opera, early music, art song, chamber music, contemporary 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), among others. She has recently been a featured artist with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Mass Opera. Favorite roles 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).
An emerging pedagogue to watch, Emily serves on the voice faculties of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Additionally, she maintains a thriving private studio in the Boston area, serving both pre-professional and avocational singers. In 2021, Emily was one of twelve voice interns selected for the prestigous National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program, where she worked closely with master teacher Dr. Kari Ragan.
In addition to cultivating fruitful relationships with her students as a studio voice teacher, Emily is passionate about classroom teaching and research. Her course, “Cabaret and Culture,” developed with the assistance of a Presser graduate research grant in Paris, has been offered at both New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory. She also teaches undergraduate vocal pedagogy and diction. A strong proponent of the benefits of vocal cross-training, Emily has completed Levels I, II, and III of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method and is a graduate of the New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.
Emily is a passionate advocate for voice health and the importance of addressing the enduring stigma of voice impairment in the world of classical singing. Her doctoral research project, “ ‘Rendering Visible’: Investigating Student Attitudes Toward and Experiences of Voice Impairment,” sought to give voice to students who have experienced this phenomenon firsthand, yielding actionable recommendations for educational institutions. She is an advocate for changing conversations about voice health and injury, guiding her students to better understand their voices and how to access voice care should they need it.
Emily holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (Doctorate of Musical Arts), the Eastman School of Music (Masters of Music), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelors of Music, Kenan Music Scholar, summa cum laude). She is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently serves on the board of NATS Boston as Director of Community Communications.