Emily Tepe (“IVA” on stage) is that rare crossover artist, a singer-songwriter and bandleader, an art-song interpreter, and an opera singer and vocal coach. Originally trained in opera at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, she began performing on television (Conan O’Brien) and in off-broadway shows and started writing her own material as a pop singer-songwriter.
She signed with New York label Vurse to record her self-titled debut album before moving to Sweden on a Fulbright scholarship for classical music. While in Sweden she released “Ivolution” with Universal, launching her onto national radio and TV, all while she was making her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm. She returned to the U.S. to form her own band, releasing “Leap” in 2015 to NPR and tastemaker stations around the country.
Compared to artists like Aimee Mann, Natalie Prass, and Florence and the Machine for her heartfelt songwriting and powerful, ethereal voice, she’s been tapped as “Who’s Next” by M Musicians Magazine, touted as “supremely talented” by Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation, called “a remarkable talent … the real thing” by TriStateIndie, and featured in Billboard Magazineas an artist to watch. Her current album, “Traitor”, was released single by single during 2019, in collaboration with producer Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee’s music director) and Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard on string arrangements.
Emily is passionate about teaching and has been guiding students in voice and piano since 2002. Her students’ vocal styles range from pop / broadway, mixed-belt, classical voice, crossover, and musical theater, to jazz and pop rock. She thoroughly prepares students for auditions and performances helping them present the “full package”: voice, expression, and charisma on-stage. They are frequent soloists and competition winners. A few of this year’s triumphs include Michelle Ley winning Best Overall Talent at the Miss New York pageant, Collin Jeffrey starring as Charlie in the first Broadway tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Eloise Fox being admitted to the Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Pre-College programs. Her students have been admitted to prestigious programs like the Tisch School of the Performing Arts, the Berkeley School of Music and the New School. In addition to the Brooklyn Music School, she is also on the vocal faculty at the New School Jazz Program.