Violinist Emily Ilyes holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from West Virginia University, where she majored in both music education and violin performance. While at WVU, she was invited to perform in masterclasses with world-renowned violinists such as Ray Chen and Midori, and studied under the direction of Dr. Mikylah Myers. In 2018, Emily was a featured soloist with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra after winning their annual concerto competition. She was a recipient of the prestigious Presser Scholar award for academic and musical achievement that same year. After graduating from WVU, she accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at Texas Christian University where she earned her master's degree in 2021. While at TCU, she studied with Elisabeth Adkins, the former assistant concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. Emily will be an incoming Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Shenandoah Conservatory in the fall, where she also holds a graduate teaching assistantship. Emily has a background of teaching students as young as three years old, and has experience playing and performing renaissance, baroque, classical, fiddle and modern music written for the violin.