Emily Klonowski

Known for her intelligent and sensitive musical approach, Emily is a leading mezzo-soprano in the Long Island and New York area.
Born on Long Island, New York, Emily started her musical journey at the young age of 5 with lessons at the piano. Her natural ability and her strong musical ear as a beginner fueled her passion to becoming an expressive musician using the instruments put in her path. As time continued and more opportunities arose, Emily began to find her voice and discovered an emotional connection to it that she never felt before. 

Paired with a unique richness in sound and keen musical awareness, Emily has performed with many award-winning groups on very challenging repertoire. This year, She was a soloist with the Merrick Chorale in Mendelssohn's work Elijah, and will be a soloist in May 2016 for Mozart's Missa Brevis and John Rutter's Gloria. She performed Aaron Copland's daring a capella work In the Beginning  internationally with the LIU Post Chorus. In 2015, She traveled to Lambton, Quebec for the festival Songe d'ete en Musique performing many chamber works with various instrumentation. In the summer of 2013, Emily traveled to Tuscany, Italy where she performed and studied with the Oberlin Conservatory. Winner of the LIU Post Concerto Competition in 2013, Emily performed Les Nuit D'ete by Hector Berlioz. Beforehand, She worked with the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute in 2012, and was a finalist for the Classical Singer Magazine Competition in 2011. She has performed in many prestigious venues, such as The Metropolitan Opera House, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Rose Theatre, DiMenna Center, and Tilles Center.
Through her high school years to present day, Emily has been a cantor and music director at multiple churches and temples in the Long Island and New York City areas. She currently is a full time cantor at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in East Northport NY, leading song for masses, services, weddings and funerals. In addition to this work, she is the Assistant Conductor and General Manager of the award-winning chorus Cantori New York, a group which focuses on new and neglected music. She has been featured as a soloist with this group as well.

She is a multi-dimensional musician, and has found a deep and musical connection in conducting. Emily has had the opportunity to study and conduct many challenging works, including Handel's Messiah, Brahms Symphony no. 1, Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Verdi Requiem, Thomas Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, and Ethel Smyth's Mass in D

Emily is an active educator throughout Long Island, working in the public schools as an elementary general music teacher as well as a private instructor. Her compassionate personality and vast knowledge leads to much success in her classroom.  She has also directed various musicals in many different school districts. The support and the quality education of the arts are close to Emily's heart- she works very hard to share this gift with her students. 

Emily studied at LIU Post for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance, and received a 4.0 in her Master's studies towards a degree in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. She studied in the conducting studio of Mark Shapiro, studied in the vocal studios of Thomas Goodheart, Ruth Golden, Neal Harrelson-Keyes, and is currently studying with Ron Meixsell.