Emily Jones has been involved in the arts ever since she can remember. She started with tap dance at five years old in California and transitioned to music after moving to Idaho at age ten. Since then, she has discovered her passion for viola, chamber music, orchestra, and Mariachi. She currently resides in Nampa, Idaho and holds the positions of Assistant Principal in The Boise Phil, and Associate Principal in The Boise Baroque Orchestra. She has also held a position in The Reno Philharmonic and has performed in The Hawai’i Symphony, Miami Symphony, Miami Bach Society, McCall Music Festival, Oregon East Symphony, and Opera Idaho. Emily is a founding member of 208 ensemble, a professional ensemble dedicated to performing works by living composers, and most recently joined a local avant-rock band, WEND as electric violist and vocalist. Her work with both 208 ensemble and WEND have been continually showcased at the Treefort Music Festival in Boise since 2015. Emily has studied under Dr. Linda Kline and Pamela McConnell receiving a Bachelor and Master of Music at Boise State University and Master of Music the University of Miami respectively. In addition to her extensive classical music background, Emily has spent more than half her life as a proud member of Mariachi Sol de Acapulco and received the 2018 Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence as a part of the Mariachi. Emily loves to spend her free time playing Animal Crossing on her Nintendo Switch with her two black cats, Faust and Fafner, and her Pomeranian, Uncle Fester. She hopes to one day establish her own black cat sanctuary.