Get to know Emily
What have you been up to recently?
"I work at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland as a Guest Experience Coordinator."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"I really really really love to cook—like a lot--especially for my family and friends."
Who is your favorite composer?
"Caroline Shaw. I first heard her Partita for 8 Voices when I was about 15 years old and it transformed my perspective on sung music. Her compositions are deeply poetic and moving, and I really appreciate that she isn’t afraid to experiment; it just feels like she gets to the root of the joy in using the human voice."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"Right now, probably Phoebe Bridgers. Ask me again in a couple months!"
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"'mood ring baby' by Field Medic."
What's your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
"'Through the house give glimmering light' by Amy Beach."
What's the most interesting fact about you?
"I have both American and Czech citizenship!"
Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
"Dinner for breakfast. This is a hill I will die on."
What's your favorite holiday and why?
"I adore Valentine's Day because it gives me an opportunity to celebrate all of the love in my life!"
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
"I'm definitely the latter, but I wish I were the former."
Emily Shallbetter recently completed her seventh season with Lux and has been singing in choirs since she was 10 years old. Emily graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, where she studied with Carmen Balthrop and was selected for masterclasses with Dawn Upshaw and Maureen O’Flynn. At UMD, Emily performed as a featured soloist with the Chamber Singers and in the School of Music’s Bach Cantata series. Currently, she works as a Guest Experience Coordinator at the Clarice and is a section leader at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. She is also pursuing a master's degree in Nonprofit & Association Management. Emily has served as Lux's Manager since Summer 2020.
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