Emily K Byrne
Emily K. Byrne is an “impressive vocalist” with a diverse range of performance credits. Ms. Byrne’s portrayal of The Mother in Long Leaf Opera’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and was hailed as “…the show’s unifying force in the vocal department.” Recently, Ms. Byrne returned from Bulgaria where she was a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic in their concert of Johann Strauss’ operetta, Die Blindekuh. This performance was also recorded for NAXOS and will be available next year.
Next year, Ms. Byrne is excited to be returning to Concert Operetta Theater in their production of The Duchess of Chicago. Ms. Byrne previously sang the role of Olga in Concert Operetta Theater’s production of The Dollar Princess in 2017. Her favorite roles include Flora (La Traviata), Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), The Mistress of the Novices (Suor Angelica), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Mercédès (Carmen), Theresa (La Sonnamubla), Katchen (Werther), Annina (La Traviata), Pitti Sing (The Mikado), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), and The Ocean (A Shipwrecked Opera).
In addition to her work as a performer and voice instructor, Ms. Byrne is an active teaching artist spreading her love of theatre and education throughout the Philadelphia region. Ms. Byrne is thrilled to be entering her seventh year at Theatre Horizon (Norristown, Pa.) as a lead theater teacher. She is active at Theatre Horizon through their After School Drama Program as well as their Summer Drama Camps. As part of her work with Theatre Horizon, Ms. Byrne has had the pleasure of also teaching their Autism Drama and Playwriting program. Through this unique program, Ms. Byrne has been able to inspire students to strengthen their social and verbal skills, empathy for others, and a sense of self-worth and accomplishment.
In addition to her work as a theater teacher, Ms. Byrne has spent the past two years as the choir and general music teacher at Devon Preparatory School, an all-boys Catholic school in Devon, Pa. At Devon Prep, Ms. Byrne has the privilege to teach middle school general music and high school music theory and music history. She also conducts Choral Tide, Devon Prep’s choir. The young men of Choral Tide have performed for their school and community in a variety of concert settings and their repertoire has ranged from chant to pop and everything in between.
Ms. Byrne graduated from The University of North Carolina- Greensboro with a B.M in Vocal Performance and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate at Immaculata University in Malvern, Pa.
In addition to her numerous performance credits, Ms. Byrne is comfortable instructing students in a variety of musical genres. As a teacher, Ms. Byrne is passionate about helping students find their own unique voice through an understanding of basic vocal technique. Her students’ interests have included a variety of musical genres from pop to opera. In addition to her thriving private studio, Ms. Byrne is on faculty at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. as a vocal instructor. Prior to moving to the Philadelphia area, Ms. Byrne was a teaching artist at The Prizery in Virgina where she instructed students of all different backgrounds and abilities in voice, piano, and trombone. She is especially interested in expanding her students’ love and understanding of music well beyond their musical instruction. Her students have gone on to win talent contests including the Media theater’s The Vocalist, as well as principal roles in musical theater both at the high school and professional level. Graduates of Ms. Byrne’s studio have gone on to major in musical theater and voice at University of Michigan, NYU, Shenandoah Conservatory, University of Miami (Miami, Fla.), and University of Southern California.
Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Ms. Byrne holds a degree from The University of North Carolina- Greensboro in Vocal Performance. Ms. Byrne is currently pursuing a teaching certificate at Immaculata University in Malvern, Pa.