Historical Impersonations
Bringing History to Life through First-Person Portrayals

Emily Lapisardi has presented historical impersonations in nine states and the District of Columbia.  She has extensive experience as a singer, actor, dancer, and pianist.  In addition to her historical impersonations, she has portrayed "Rosie the Riveter" for the Heinz History Center and has portrayed "Bond Girl" Solitaire by commission for the International Spy Museum.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from West Virginia University, where she was named a WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. C. Nath Outstanding Senior, and received the university’s nomination for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

She is currently executive director of Market Street Arts, an arts education center in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and director of music ministry at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Greensburg, PA.

Emily has participated in prestigious opera training programs including the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera (Italy), American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria), and American Singers’ Opera Project (North Carolina).  She sang for  Andrew Lloyd Webber as part of the Richard Rodgers Awards and performed as a soloist at Kennywood Park with the Mon Valley Band.  Emily is an active vocal pedagogue, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a licensed Kindermusik educator.

She has attended numerous national and international conferences, presented a paper on Historical Impersonation as a modern form of interactive theatre at the International Society for the Study of European Ideas Conference 2000 in Bergen, Norway, and received the Communal Studies Association’s research fellowship for her work on Harmonist hymnody.

Additionally, Emily founded the vocal music program, demonstrated sericulture, and served on the board at Old Economy Village, where she was named Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

She studied ballet with Mansur Kamaletdinov, Soili Arvola, and Leo Ahonen, and danced at the Ukrainian National Opera House in Kiev with a Ukrainian partner in the summer of 2001.

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