Adjunct Instructor of Music
VUCA B 531
BiographySoprano Emily Lyday Yiannias enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Yiannias is often seen on the concert stage as a member of Music of the Baroque, Chicago’s premier 26 voice classical ensemble presenting works of the 18th Century. She appears on the group’s Emmy nominated DVD, A Renaissance Christmas. She has soloed with Music of the Baroque, Valparaiso University Bach Institute, Northwest Festival Orchestra, as a guest artist with the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra. Regular solo appearances with the Trinity Church concert series in Wilmette, Illinois include the Requiems of Mozart, Faure and Rutter and Handel’s Messiah. Operatic roles include Mozart’s Countess, Pamina, and Grace Ansley in Robert Ward’s Roman Fever. In 2004, Ms. Yiannias was hand picked by director Robert Altman to appear in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s opera A Wedding at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Ms. Yiannias is also committed to the performance of 21st collaborates on new works. She premiered the role of Ursula’s Shadow in Ursularia with Opera Cabal and dal niente at the Collusions Festival in Chicago. In recital, Ms. Lyday has sung George Crumb’s Apparition, a work requiring unusual timbres and extended vocal techniques.
Ms. Yiannias is a Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner and Finalist and Mu& Phi Epsilon Foundation grant recipient. She holds degrees from DePauw University (BM, cum laude) and Northwestern University (MM). She lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her& husband and daughter.