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Emily has been playing music since she can remember, but found herself truly drawn to Irish music when she was about 8 and bought her first tin whistle. At age 10 she started playing concert flute and continued for 6 years. In high school, she switched to singing and sang in show choirs for all four years. After switching to singing, she realized that she wanted to pursue that as a career. After 6 years of classical vocal training, she earned her BA in Music education from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. During her senior year in college, she helped create and played in a small band called “Glaoch an Fiach Dubh” (The Call of the Raven). The band of four girls played weekly gigs at O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Weston Missouri. After graduating, she knew that she wanted to go on to earn a masters degree in music, but did not want to continue with classical music. Instead she decided to pursue her passion for Irish music, which took her across the ocean to Limerick, Ireland.
 In 2009, she completed her MA in Irish traditional music performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. While studying there, she refined her skills on the tin whistle, started learning basic guitar, and even took some lessons in Cape Breton step-dancing .  Her course work brought her into the humbling experience of working one-on-one on a weekly basis with some wonderful Irish musicians such as Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Eilís  Ní Shúilleabháin, and also the well-known Scottish singer, Christine Primrose from the Isle of Lewis. In addition to those weekly lessons, she also had the privilege of master classes with musicians such as Steve Cooney, Karen Casey, Sean Keane, Karen Tweed, Tom Doorly, and many others over the year. Since graduating UL, her passion for singing and learning traditional songs, in English, Irish and Scots-Gaelic continues to flourish back home in her native Colorado.