Emily Nelson holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah, where she completed her doctorate in vocal performance. Her passion for teaching stems from her deep love of sharing music as a performer. Her love of music of all kinds has led her down diverse paths that include singing opera in Italy and Austria, studying Medieval song in France, learning how to tango dance and, for a short time, finding herself singing backup in a Brazilian pop band. She co-founded Utopia Early Music, a 501(c)(3) organization that gives historically informed performances of medieval, baroque, and renaissance music in Salt Lake City. She is an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College, where she teaches voice and World Music, and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, where she teaches World Music and Survey of Jazz. She also teaches voice and songwriting at Eva Carlston Academy, a residential therapy high school that uses the arts to empower students.
Areas of Expertise
Soprano, World Music