Hailing from small-town Massachusetts, violinist Emelyn Bashour has performed across North and South America. She holds a BM in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Renée Jolles, as well as BA in English Literature from University of Rochester. She served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia as well as principal of the Eastman Opera Orchestra. She is currently based in Ann Arbor where she is pursuing an MM in violin performance at University of Michigan with Aaron Berofsky. She currently holds the position of concertmaster in the University Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to the LSO, Emelyn is a section member of the symphony orchestras of Flint (tenured), Dearborn, and Ann Arbor. She is also a section member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and has maintained a spot on the New World Symphony substitute list for two years. This past summer was her second season in the Festival Orchestra at Spoleto Festival USA, where she was concertmaster for the festival’s production of Salome.
As a soloist and chamber player, Emelyn is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. She was a guest performer at Central Michigan University’s New Music Symposium with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, and with UM’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble has performed as part of New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music series and the Great Performances series at the Toledo Museum of Art. She has also recently stepped into the Ann Arbor-based contemporary ensemble Girlnoise as resident violinist. When not playing music, Emelyn enjoys thrift shopping and reading old Russian novels.