Art has the Louvre, theater has Broadway, and for classical and opera singers, it would be hard to beat the prestige of singing at the Vatican. For Poland, Ohio, native Emily Alcorn, it’s only part of her summer in Italy. After competing at the Cleveland Institute in the Classical Singer Magazine competition in March and moving on to the next round in Boston, she was soon contacted by the Assisi Performing Arts Program inviting her to sing with the Vatican Choir for their 500th anniversary.
Alcorn, a senior majoring in Vocal Music Education, was already scheduled to go to Italy this summer, for she already has auditioned and been accepted into the summer Opera Orvieto program, where she will play Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro.
In the meantime, she practices two hours a day and rehearses for the same time. She drinks a lot of water to keep her vocal chords in good condition and keeps an eye on what she eats. Alcorn is also a math minor, plays the piano and violin, and crochets in her downtime.