Emily Jarrell Urbanek
is currently Head of Music Preparation for Opera Carolina
in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to her ongoing duties as repetiteur and coach, she has prepared the Opera Carolina Chorus for their most recent productions, and she musically directed and conducted the company’s touring production of Pirates of Penzance in 2007 and 2008. She is also an extra keyboardist with the Charlotte Symphony
. Her frequent performances of chamber music in Charlotte include the world premiere of Kevin Krumenauer’s Firestorm, for piano, timpani, and woodwind quintet, in 2008 on the Providence Chamber Music Series. Emily has spent three seasons on the musical staff of the Fort Worth Opera Festival, as well as three summers at Chautauqua Opera. Emily was invited to be one of two accompanists for Fort Worth’s prestigious McCammon Voice Competition in May 2008. In Charlotte, Emily also teaches through the Community School for the Arts and serves as staff accompanist for Queens University. Emily has also worked with Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Washington Concert Opera, The OK Mozart Festival, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, and Asheville Lyric Opera. She holds degrees from Furman University, the University of Michigan, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Emily is originally from Mars Hill, North Carolina, and in her down time enjoys word games and traveling with her husband Aaron.