Twenty-two-year-old Burlington native Katelyn Emery began her violin studies at the age of three. When she was nine, Katharine Rapoport of the University of Toronto welcomed Katelyn into her studio. Concurrently she studied at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music from the age of twelve to fifteen. She was our YAC Junior Winner in 2012.
Katelyn has been concertmaster or held principal positions in the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has worked as a substitute violinist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. Katelyn has spent summers attending the Music Academy of the West, Castleman Quartet Program, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget, and the Orford Arts Academy.
Katelyn is currently completing a Master of Music degree on a Graduate Excellence Fellowship at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, where she studies with Professor Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, Katelyn completed her Bachelor of Music degree at McGill under the tutelage of Professor Axel Strauss and graduated with Outstanding Achievement in Violin. In addition to her private studies, Katelyn has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses by esteemed musicians such as Midori, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jonathan Crow, Frank Huang, and Jonathan Swartz.
Katelyn will play the first movement of Brahms’ Violin concerto in D Major, Op 77 with Symphony on the Bay at our “American Proms” concert on Sunday, May 12, 2019.