Emily Vago

Emily Vago

Viola

Maryville University

Emily Vago is eighteen years old and is a first year Biology major at Maryville University, with the plans of becoming a doctor. She has been playing the viola formally for about a year, along with the violin for about eight years. She is excited for her first year in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra! Emily picked up the viola because she loved its deeper sounding tone. She is currently under the instruction of Kirby Kay at West County Strings. In January 2017, she played the viola in the Missouri All State Orchestra. She played violin in the Saint Charles County Youth Orchestra for 5 years, and won 1stplace in the Senior Division of the Mike Russo Concerto Competition in 2017. She received many awards playing violin and viola in the Missouri State Solo and Ensemble throughout high school. She also participated in her school district’s Honor’s Orchestra for four years. Emily also thoroughly enjoyed playing violin in her high school Advanced Symphonic Orchestra for four years. She would like to thank all of her teachers, both viola and violin (including Kirby Kay and Khrystyne Bunselmeyer) and past conductors with whom she had the extreme pleasure of working with, and as well as her parents for supporting her in everything she does. When she is not playing the viola or violin, or studying for school, Emily enjoys working on musical arrangements, strumming her ukulele, watching TV, playing solitaire, and making totally awesome puns!