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Emily is a young classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier currently located in Ottawa, Ontario. She studied guitar with her father, Mike Shaw until university, at which point she moved to London, Ontario to study with Wilma van Berkel at the University of Western Ontario. Emily recently completed a master's degree (MMus) in guitar performance under the tutelage of Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. Emily spends a good deal of her time working with students in her home studio where she teaches classical and acoustic guitar, and piano. As a luthier, Emily has built a variety of guitar-type instruments including classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, period instruments, and a ukulele. In performance, Emily strives to engage her audience with expressive interpretations of music from across the centuries. She has a weakness for emotionally charged, lush harmonies and amusing character pieces. When not practising, teaching, or building guitars, Emily enjoys biking, sailing, cooking, and drinking tea.

Emily is a classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier living in Ottawa, Ontario. She also write blog posts about her adventures in figuring out the world of guitar. Emily would love to hear from you via comments at the bottom of pages, the contact page, on Facebook, or via email at 

A few of my current projects

  • Traditional classical guitar building project after Garcia and Simplicio - read more here
  • Blog post series on women and the classical guitar
  • CD recording project (details TBA) with a tentative release date in 2018/2019
  • Organizing the music for Rotary's annual Music for Humanity concert (April 8, 2017, 7:30pm)
  • Guitar concerts with fellow guitarist and life partner, Craig Visser, including a tour of Nova Scotia (Spring 2017) and various concerts around Ontario

Recent Recording