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Eslin McKay

Eslin McKay
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music


Violin, Suzuki Violin

Eslin McKay first picked up a violin at the age of three, beginning her musical education in the Suzuki method. She has since graduated with high honours in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto as well as completing her Masters in Early Childhood Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Eslin is actively involved in a variety of ensembles in Ontario including the Thunder Bay Symphony, Oakville Symphony, Etobicoke Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic, Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Arcady Ensemble and more. In addition to classical music, Eslin also performs in diverse musical groups including; folk, jazz, pop, classical and new music ensembles.
She is the violinist in Respire, a Toronto based band that writes cinematic, genre-defying music blending classical orchestral composition with screamo and hardcore elements. Recently signed to Dine Alone Records, Respire will be releasing their fourth critically acclaimed album.

Eslin has toured extensively across Canada, Europe (2017, 2018, 2022) and Mexico (2019).
Eslin is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as having her certification in Early Childhood Suzuki Education. When not playing or teaching violin, Eslin is following her other passions- baseball and singing- as the founder of a community baseball team and a neighbourhood choir.
Eslin teaches children and adults of all ages and skill levels, and believes strongly that the goal of music education is to create life-long confident learners who will take the skills learned through music to become ethical and compassionate citizens.