Emily Siar is a soprano and voice teacher based in Boston, MA. A member of the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, she teaches private voice lessons and lyric diction to gifted pre-college singers. Additionally, she maintains a thriving private voice studio in Boston, where her students have been accepted to such prestigious institutions as the Berklee College of Music and the Longy School of Music at Bard College. Emily is an active performer of opera, art song, chamber music, new music, musical theater, and cabaret. Favorite roles performed include the title role in Massenet's Cendrillon, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Calisto in La Calisto, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, La princesse in L'enfant et les sortilèges, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
Emily has pursued extensive training in both performance and pedagogy at a variety of institutions, including the New England Conservatory of Music (Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy anticipated 2021), the Eastman School of Music (Master of Music 2017), SongFest (2014), The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall (2013), and the Music Academy of the West (Vocal Fellow and mentee of Marilyn Horne 2012/13). A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emily was one of four Kenan Music Scholars in the class of 2014, attending college on a full, four-year merit scholarship. Formative teachers, coaches, and mentors have included Ian Howell, Carole Haber, Dana Varga, John Heiss, Kathryn Cowdrick, Marilyn Horne, Cameron Stowe, Robert Tweten, Josh Major, Anthony Dean Griffey, Warren Jones, Arlene Shrut, Jeanne Fischer, and Barbara Ann Peters.
In 2019, Emily won a $10,000 grant from the Presser Foundation that enabled 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 the intersection of voice education and stigma of voice injury in the student voice major population. She is an advocate for changing conversations about voice health and injury and seeks to empower young singers to better understand their voices and to know how to access voice care should they need it. She is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
When she's not singing or teaching singing, Emily enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, and pining over French bulldogs that she finds on the internet.