Emily J. Rolka
Emily Rolka began violin at the age of six at the MSU Community Music School Suzuki Program in East Lansing, Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with high honors from the University of Michigan studying with Yehonatan Berick, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Scott Conklin. Currently she is pursuing her DMA in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota studying with Mark Bjork. Ms. Rolka has traveled and performed in Italy and Bulgaria and has attended many music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Weathersfield in Vermont, and the Henry Mancini Music Festival in Los Angeles. She has also studied chamber music with The Maia quartet, Chiara String Quartet and studied violin with renowned teachers including Roland and Almita Vamos, and Paul Kantor.
Ms. Rolka was a winner of the Young Artists Competition in Toledo Ohio and made her solo debut with the Toledo Symphony in February 2003. At Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Emily was a finalist in the staff solo competition performing the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in 2009. While at the University of Iowa, Emily was a member of the Graduate Piano Quartet and Center for New Music and continues to hold a passion for chamber music and performing contemporary compositions. Teaching has been the most rewarding of my musical journey and currently teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music Suzuki Program in Minnesota. Ms. Rolka has taken long-term teacher training with Mark Bjork (books 1-10) along with teacher training with Christie Felsing, Ronda Cole, Nancy Lokken, Geri Arnold, and Teri Einfeldt.