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Dr. Kelsey D'Emilio

Chair, Division of Music
Assistant Professor of Music

Office Location Raley Chapel, 205E
Phone (Office) 405.585.4313
OBU Mailbox # 61276


Dr. Kelsey D’Emilio serves as the chair of the Division of Music. This fall will be her second year as the conductor of the Bisonette Women's Glee Club. As a professor of voice, she has a studio made up of majors, minors, and elective students. She also teaches courses such as lyric diction, stage production, vocal technique, and music seminars. Dr. D’Emilio’s teaching philosophy is centered on her students—cultivating growth and encouraging transformation through learning. She believes that the skills learned through music can be applied to any career. Her goal is to equip students to enter their fields with knowledge, confidence, and the skills they need to become leaders in their professions.

Dr. D’Emilio began her career as a professional opera singer, performing in New York City, New Jersey, and with Minnesota Opera. She is still an active freelance artist and can be seen regularly performing on the stages of OBU. Dr. D’Emilio received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory in 2011, an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in 2013, and a D.M.A. in Voice Performance from the University of Oklahoma in 2021.


  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
  • M.M., Westminster Choir College
  • D.M.A., University of Oklahoma

Subjects Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Bisonette Glee Club
  • Introduction to Stage Production
  • Lyric Diction
  • Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop
  • Vocal Chamber Ensemble
  • Vocal Literature
  • Vocal Technique
  • Voice Seminar

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)