Our Cantor

Meet Zion's Cantor, Emily Solomon

Emily Solomon Headshot

 A lifelong member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Emily takes great pride in her work for the music ministry at Zion. In addition to her post as Zion’s Cantor, Emily serves as Executive Director for the Academy of Early Music in Ann Arbor. In May 2018, Emily was invited to perform on the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. She also toured Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic as the organist for the Concordia University Ann Arbor choir in May 2017. Emily was named as one of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2019, an award that recognizes young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and harpsichord building, carillon, and church music.

In 2020, Emily received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Dissertation Fellowship to support her research on the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book of 1912.

She has also earned dual Master of Music degrees in Sacred Music and Early Keyboard Instruments from the University of Michigan. In 2014, Emily completed a Master of Arts in Music Research from Western Michigan University, where she wrote a thesis on Johann Walter, renowned Kantor in Martin Luther’s church ca. 1540-1560. 

 Emily’s paintings and photography are frequently on display in various exhibits at the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte, Michigan, where she has received multiple honorable mentions for her work. During the summer of 2019, she was the featured artist for the Downriver Council for the Arts’s Satellite Gallery in Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. She enjoys capturing a wide range of subjects, but is particularly drawn to the beauty of maritime life in Michigan and is a longtime member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

 A proud Michigan native, Emily is a Certified Tourism Ambassador™ for Washtenaw County and serves on the board of the Soo Locks Visitors Association in the Upper Peninsula. During her spare time, Emily enjoys volunteering as an Airport Ambassador at Detroit Metro Airport.

Contact Emily at or (313) 800-5266.