Emily Upham

Emily Upham, née Weiss, was born on April 21, 1949 in New Haven, Connecticut, and died on April 22, 2020 in Rhinebeck, New York.

Emily grew up in New Haven, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied music and French, and spent 10 years in Paris studying classical piano with Nadia Boulanger. When she returned to the United States, she lived for many years on the Upper West Side. There, she met her husband, George Upham, of Brookline, Massachusetts and Claremont, New Hampshire. They moved to Germantown, New York, and were married for 20 years before George pre-deceased Emily in 2017.

Emily had a life filled with passions and accomplishments. She was a classical pianist, music teacher, and vocal coach. She also worked as a French interpreter for the State Department, and, in her later years, became a life coach. She founded ArtSong Nouveau, a group of classical vocal soloists that pushed the boundaries of classical song; and co-edited a book called In the Fullness of Time, a series of reflections on aging by accomplished women from different fields. Emily loved music and art; she loved animals (her dogs, cats, horses, and goat); she loved to swim, whether in the Caribbean, or the Bard pool, or in her pond with the 5-foot-long carp who took up residence there; she loved ice cream. And she loved her family and friends.

Emily’s great gift, after her musical talents, was friendship. Over the course of a rich and adventurous life, Emily developed a wide circle of close and devoted friends who relied on her wisdom, compassion, warmth, and wonderful sense of humor. Emily was a rare and beautiful human being, a genuine mensch -- a person who will always be missed and never be forgotten by those who loved her so very dearly.

Emily is survived by her three siblings, Martha, Lauren, and Daniel; her nephews and niece, Alexander, Gianmarco, Daniel, Jason and Carolina; and her step-daughter Garance and grand-daughter Mariame.

When circumstances allow, a memorial will be held to celebrate Emily, and our great fortune to have had her in our lives.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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