Soprano Emily Alvarez enjoys a career comprising of both teaching and performing. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Luther College, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Full roles performed by Ms. Alvarez include, Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Wife (The Music Shopby Richard Wargo), La Rose (Le Petit Prince), Mae (The Pajama Game), and Lady Thiang (The King & I) in addition to many scenes from operas and musicals. She was featured as the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Luther Mass at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Luther College. Ms. Alvarez participated in the Welsey Balk Institute for Opera/Musical Theater singers in Minneapolis, and continues to perform solo recitals of operatic, oratorio, musical theater, and art song repertoire. As a choral soloist, Ms. Alvarez performed Carmina Burana and John Rutter’s Gloria with the Lakeshore Chorale in Sheboygan, WI.
Ms. Alvarez is currently Instructor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Lakeland University, directing the Lakeland Choir, teaching applied voice and other music courses, in addition to maintaining a private voice studio. Her students have received professional contracts with the Skylight Opera Company in Milwaukee, WI, and KIDS From Wisconsin. Also from her studio was a first place winner in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) District auditions in both the Classical and Musical Theater divisions. Teachers and coaches to note include Connie Haas, Janna Ernst, Jeanine Wagner, David Dillard, Rachel Ware Carlton, Margaret Simmons, Jessica Paul, Tim Fink, and Kevin Smith.