Emily Garvin was born in Colorado and started taking suzuki violin lessons when she was six years old with Gail Taylor. When Emily was thirteen years old she switched from violin to viola and studied viola with Jesse Collete in Fayettville, Arkansas.
During her high school years, Emily enjoyed playing in a string quartet with her three sisters around their home town of Eureka Springs. In April of 2008 Emily accompanied the Northwest Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra to New York City where they performed on stage at Carnegie Hall with Myron Flippin conducting.
Emily graduated from the University of Michigan with her bachelor of music in viola performance after studying with Yizhak Schotten and the University of Akron with her masters degree in viola performance with Alan Bodman.
Emily is a registered teacher through book three with the Suzuki association of America and is currently the president of the Suzuki Teachers’ Association of Hampton Roads.
She has attended many festivals around the nation including: Sound Encounters, The Interlochen Summer Camp, The Montecito Music Festival, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, and Opera in the Ozarks.
Emily enjoys various other activities in her free time including: karate, running, water sports, and reading.