Emily Yarascavitch began step-dancing at age 4 and took up the fiddle a short time later. Her love for both led her to the competition circuit at 6 years of age and it was obvious early on that she had a special gift.  She is trained in various fiddle styles as well as classical violin through the Royal Conservatory of Music.  

Emily released her debut CD My Passion in 2009 and released her second CD with her trio Branches of Silver in 2015.  She currently tours North America professionally with The Tartan Terrors, North America's Premiere Celtic Event.  She has toured across Canada with The Scott Woods Band and plays regularly with Phill HoodJay Andrews (Shreem X Celtic Remix)Charlie McKittrick and other solo artists. 

Emily has won such prestigious titles as the 18 and Under Junior Canadian Champion, a Grand Masters Junior Showcase Performer, the Open Duet Champion in Pembroke ON and a two time Canadian Open Duet Champion in Shelburne, ON. In 2016 she placed 10th at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition in Morinville, AB, as a first time competitor.

As a classical musician she has completed Advanced Theory and playing examinations.  She played in  instrumental chamber ensembles throughout her music minor in University and also has experience playing in pit orchestras.

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Honours Sciences with Minors in Biology and Music.  Emily is currently a full time music teacher in Oshawa ON, giving lessons in Violin, Fiddle, Stepdance and Music Theory. 

Photo by Lee Bodson

Photo by Lee Bodson

Awards Include:

  • 12 and Under Shelburne Junior Champion
  • 18 and Under Maritime Fiddle and Step Dance Champion
  • 18 and Under Junior Canadian Champion
  • Grand Masters Junior Showcase Performer
  • Canadian Open Duet Champion
  • Canadian Grand Masters 10th Place