Photo: Bridgette Marie Photography

Photo: Bridgette Marie Photography

Emily Simmons is a soprano currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee. This summer she looks forward to studying as a Fellow with the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster.

This past season Emily appeared as Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. Performance highlights include Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Fortuna/Giunone (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Alcina, Le Pâtre (L'Enfant et les sortilèges), and Frasquita (Carmen). 

Emily was a 2015 finalist of the Opera Guild of Dayton’s Tri-State College Competition, as well as a two-time finalist and Neff Award recipient with the Cincinnati Women’s Club’s Three Arts Scholarship Competition.

A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, she received a double major in Vocal Performance and German Studies. In addition to her vocal talents, Emily enjoys exploring German music, both classical and contemporary. in 2018 her research on contemporary race politics in Germany through the lens of hip-hop culture and music earned her second place in the University of Tennessee Student Music Research Contest; she presented her research in the the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Emily recently completed her graduate studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville under the instruction of Marjorie Bennett Stephens.