The passing away of a great vocal coach - Shirlee Emmons

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There was a memorial tribute to Shirlee Emmons, "A Musical Remembrance," on Aug. 14, 2010, at 1:00PM, at Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, New York City.

Shirlee Emmons passed away on April 16, 2010. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

I still remember when I first picked up her book- Power Performance for singers. It challenged me to broaden my understanding of voice training; to look beyond the extraordinary and usual methods of teaching. My teaching methods have since then evolved till what it is today; and is still being improved upon - all based upon the teachings of Shirlee Emmons.

Her books are still constantly being referred to when I write and revise syllabus or when I have difficult teaching situations. Shirlee Emmons has blessed so many with her teachings, she is an inspiration to me and to many others.

About Shirlee Emmons:

Lauritz Melchior and Shirlee Emmons

Shirlee Emmons maintained a private studio in New York after teaching for 35 years on the faculties of Columbia University/Barnard College, Princeton University, Boston University, and Rutgers University.

She was the author of five books:The Art of the Song Recital; Tristanissimo: the Authorized Biography of Heroic Tenor Lauritz Melchior; Power Performance for Singers; Researching the Song, and Prescriptions for Choral Excellence.

Her workshops and master classes were presented in thirty-four of the US states, in Korea, and Canada. Emmons’ singing career commenced with winning the Marian Anderson Award, followed by a lengthy national tour with Lauritz Melchior, US and Canadian concert and opera appearances, regular engagements with the major New York City choral organizations, and the award of an Off-Broadway Oscar, the “Obie,” for the leading role in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All.

She was a past chair of the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Her students included Hei-Kyung Hong and Harolyn Blackwell.