Emily Truckenbrod, soprano
Praised for a voice that “personifies the joy of the music,” soprano, Emily Truckenbrod has appeared in recital, concerts, and opera throughout the United States as well as in Italy, France, Austria, Honduras and Tanzania, East Africa. Ms. Truckenbrod, lauded for her performances in oratorio and orchestral works, has appeared as soloist with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wichita Symphony, the Canterbury Choral Society and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony (Indiana), The Handel Oratorio Society (Illinois), The American Kantorei, Masterworks Chorale, Collegium Vocale St. Louis, the LaFosse Baroque Ensemble, Concert Choir of Northeast Connecticut, the Northshore Choral Society (Louisiana), among others.
On the opera stage, she most recently portrayed the role of Bea in Jake Heggie’s 3 Decembers with the St. Louis Opera Collective. In recent seasons, Ms. Truckenbrod delighted audiences as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and went on to portray Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Wichita Grand Opera. Other roles include the Queen of the Night and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Susannah (The Marriage of Figaro), Marie (The Daughter of the Regiment), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Yum Yum (The Mikado) and Monica (The Medium).
An enthusiast of contemporary art music, Ms. Truckenbrod has been a featured soloist at Society of Composers (SCI) National and Regional Conferences, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and numerous times with the Center for New Music at The University of Iowa. With the St. Louis Opera Collective, she appeared in a staged adaptation of Melissa Dunphy’s Tesla’s Pigeon (2017), and in 2019, in Juliana Hall’s Monodrama Sentiment.
Ms. Truckenbrod holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University. She also completed studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the Eastman School of Music and as an intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program. In the past, she has presented or performed for Music Educator Associations, the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, the ATHENA festival, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Dr. Truckenbrod is currently the Director of Vocal Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In addition to 4 Songs on e. e. cummings, she has also published music of Johann Adolph Hasse and Louise Reichardt with Classical Vocal Reprints. Her students have won awards, attended prestigious summer and graduate programs, and have sung professionally in the United States and abroad.