About Emily Cantrell
Emily is a violist and teacher newly returned to the DC metro area. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Emily holds a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature. During her time in Rochester, she performed as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ossia New Music Ensemble, the Graduate Composers Sinfonietta, and led the viola sections of multiple school ensembles.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Music in viola performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, and was recognized in her year as one of sixteen Outstanding Graduates within any discipline at the University. While at Maryland, Emily led the viola sections for the University of Maryland Symphony and Opera Orchestras, and was selected as chamber soloist for both the Argento Festival and in performance with the Wind Orchestra.
Recent chamber music engagements have included an "If Music be the Food..." collaboration with Kim Kashkashian in Rochester, NY; the Eastman Musical Plus series at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; the Forte Chamber Music Series in Lynchburg, VA; and a dance collaboration at Fringe Arts Philadelphia 2013. Since 2010, Emily has been invited to give yearly solo recitals at Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC.
Emily has spent her summers at the Castleton Festival (VA), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), Brevard Music Center (NC), as a fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival (ME), and as Chamber Music and Library staff for the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (MD).
In her spare time, Emily enjoys running, kayaking, completing crossword puzzles, and reading anything and everything from Jane Austen to David Foster Wallace.