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Longy Appoints New Vocal Studies Faculty Member, Soprano Emily Siar 

By June 28, 2024News

Friday, June 28, 2024 

Longy is proud to announce that soprano and voice teacher Emily Siar is joining its Vocal Studies faculty. 

I am drawn to Longy’s forward-thinking, progressive approach to education and the institution’s focus on social action. Rather than creating cookie-cutter musicians, Longy’s innovative curriculum helps students become the authentic artists they strive to be—artists who contribute to value the communities of which they are a part. That mission deeply aligns with my values as an educator,” said Siar.  

Emily is an active performer of many genres, including opera, early music, art song, chamber music, contemporary music, musical theater, and cabaret. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Huntington and Paramount Theatres, Rochester’s Kodak Hall, and Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre, among others. 

Emily has recently been a featured artist with Boston Baroque, Henry Purcell Society of Boston; Emmanuel Music; Boston Opera Collaborative; and Mass Opera. Some of her 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 Misérables); and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz). In the 2024-25 season, she will debut with the Boston Early Music Festival as Quiteria in Telemann’s Don Quichotte.

Emily Siar

Earlier this year, Emily took first place in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards, which recognizes and awards top young vocalists. A pedagogue to watch, she has also served on the voice and vocal pedagogy faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee since 2021. Additionally, she maintains a thriving private studio in the Boston area for pre-professional and avocational singers. 

An advocate for vocal cross-training, Emily teaches classical, musical theater, and contemporary voice with equal enthusiasm. She has been a visiting guest clinician at the New England Conservatory and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and presents regularly at Boston Conservatory’s Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop. 

In addition to cultivating meaningful relationships with her students as a studio voice teacher, Emily is passionate about classroom teaching and research. Developed with a Presser graduate research grant in Paris, her course, “Cabaret and Culture,” has been offered to New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students.  

Emily is an advocate for vocal health and addressing the enduring stigma of voice impairment in classical singing. Her doctoral research project, “‘Rendering Visible:’ Investigating Student Attitudes Toward and Experiences of Voice Impairment,” sought to call attention to students who have experienced this phenomenon firsthand, yielding actionable recommendations for educational institutions.  

Emily holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts), the Eastman School of Music (Master of Music), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Music). She is a proud National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) member and was chosen for the selective NATS Intern Program in 2021. She currently serves as Director of Membership for the NATS Boston chapter. 

I’m most looking forward to working with the vibrant students who have chosen Longy. It’s really rewarding to work with graduate students, as these are folks who have chosen to make music a central part of their life path. I’m excited to be part of their team, helping students further hone their skills, grow their confidence, and leave ready to contribute to their community through their art,” said Siar. 

Emily Siar will begin teaching vocal studies courses in the Fall 2024 semester.