Emily McDonald is a graduate of Kutztown University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 2018. There she studied violin under Dr. Mary Ogletree and Dr. Peter Isaacson. A violinist of 18 years, Emily has performed many concerts with the KU Orchestra as their concertmistress, as well as performing with other ensembles such as the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast PA Symphony, the Berks Sinfonietta, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra, PMEA Festival Orchestra, and the 4 Nothin’ Symphony. In her time as a student at Kutztown, she was a founding member of the gypsy jazz band Gateau au Chocolat. She loves studying jazz and the art of improvisation on violin to compliment her classical training on the instrument. Emily also plays piano and guitar, sings and enjoys composing her own music in her free time. She is part of a violin duo called Heart and Scroll, which frequently performs for wedding ceremonies. She is a local violin teacher, both independently and with Clemmer Music in Harleysville and Valotta Studios in Chester Springs. In 2019, Emily continued her education at the graduate level, pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Immaculata University. The recent pandemic has changed Emily’s course to prioritize music studio teaching as a full-time career path. She has received special training through the Suzuki Association of the America’s “Every Child Can!” Course, hosted at Temple University. With six years of experience teaching music to students of all ages, Emily believes in every child’s and adult’s potential to experience the joy of learning a musical instrument.


Emily can be personally reached at EmilyM.ValottaStudios@gmail.com

“For several years now, Emily has been great with my son and daughter. In fact, my son (who started this year) was keen to learn violin just observing how Emily teaches his sister. She’s very attentive and gives her full concentration during their classes. She takes great care to help them learn new tunes and sends demonstration videos which will help the kids learn better. She takes time to help them understand when they have trouble and she is very thorough. The kids adore her and love learning with her!”

– Deepti, Valotta Studios parent