Emily Hamper, vocal coach and

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Emily Hamper




"The extremely difficult piano part was perfectly realized by Emily Hamper, a very authoritative accompanist throughout the concert." (Concertonet, Paris, January 2014)



Emily Hamper has earned an excellent reputation for her exceptional skills as a vocal coach and accompanist. Singers from her coaching studio perform with major opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Over an international career spanning twenty-five years, she has worked as a rehearsal pianist, coach, and assistant conductor for many prominent opera companies and organizations.

Highly sought-after as a collaborator for voice recitals, notable appearances include Die Winterreise and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s “Virée Classique” with Michael Schade, and recitals at L'Opéra National de Paris, Music Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company, and Queensland Music Festival with Phillip Addis. Additionally, Emily has accompanied recitals for Calgary Opera, Festival Orford, Stratford Summer Music, and other presenters in Canada, the USA, and Europe. In 2011 she won the Best Collaborative Pianist Prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and performed across Canada on the National Winner's Tour. Performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, Classical 96.3 FM and Vermont Public Radio.

Engaged as a répétiteur and official audition accompanist by Calgary Opera, l'Opéra de Montréal, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Opera Atelier and Pacific Opera Victoria, Ms. Hamper was production director for a performance based on Manon at the Muskoka Opera Festival in 2013. Her genuine interest in new music has resulted in engagements with Soundstreams Canada and Tapestry Opera, the workshopping of several new Canadian operas, and the commission of a new song cycle by composer Erik Ross and poet Zachariah Wells.

Emily maintains a passion for teaching and mentoring. Recently appointed Conductor and Music Director of Opera at Wilfrid Laurier University, she has served on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute, the University of Toronto, l'Université de Montréal, The Banff Centre, and Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. Emily is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, an élite training program for singers and pianists in Stratford Ontario. In 2020 she joined Brott Opera as Artistic Administrator and Principal Coach. In addition to her work with singers, Ms. Hamper has performed orchestral keyboards with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and London Symphonia, and as a chamber musician with the INNERchamber Ensemble, Stratford.

Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Emily received her undergraduate musical training at UBC. She furthered her studies at the Opera Division at the University of Toronto, where she was appointed to the music staff upon graduation. She is an alumna of the prestigious Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera, and was the recipient of a Merola Career Grant for studies in Munich. She currently lives in Stratford, Ontario.



Ms Hamper has been engaged by the following

companies and organisations:

L’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
ARAM (Montreal)
The Banff Centre
CBC Radio
Calgary Opera
The Canadian Opera Company    
Canadian Vocal Arts Institute
La Chapelle Historique de Bon Pasteur
Début Atlantic
Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition
Green Mountain Opera Festival
Institute for Young Dramatic Voices
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
I Musici de Montréal
National Arts Centre
Nelson Summer Songfest
Opera Atelier
L’Opéra de Montréal
Orford Festival
Overture Concerts       
Pacific Opera Victoria
Queensland Music Festival
San Francisco Opera Center
Société Radio-Canada
Soundstreams Canada
Symphonic Workshops/International Opera Workshop
Toronto Summer Music Festival
L’Université de Montréal
University of Alberta
University of Toronto
Vancouver International Song Institute       
Vermont Public Radio
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Les Violons du Roy
Washington Cultural Group
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University

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