Ms. Tait is Grand Prize Winner of this year’s University of Redlands Concerto Competition. As a result she is appearing as soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2016. Under the baton of Maestro Jon Robertson, she will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, opus 73, known as the “Emperor Concerto.”
Ms. Tait is presently completing the Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of distinguished teacher and performer Louanne Long, with whom she has worked for the past six years. Ms. Tait is the recipient of the prestigious LeHigh Endowed Piano Scholarship and currently serves as Assistant to Professor Long.
Originally from Moreno Valley, Ms. Tait was granted the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands in April 2014. Through the years, she has been the recipient of prestigious honors and awards for exceptional musicianship and scholarship, among them the coveted Presser Scholar Award in 2013 and induction into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, in 2014. Ms. Tait has performed in master classes with Polish pianist Krystian Tkaczewski as well as American concert artist Joel Fan, and during a semester abroad, she was a student of the distinguished Norwegian pianist Kirsti Bergh-Kauf. In 2011, Ms. Tait had the privilege of working with celebrated American composer and pianist William Bolcom during Bolcom’s visit to the University of Redlands School of Music.
Ms. Tait is also an up-and-coming organist, working with international concert artist Frederick Swann. She has been a member of Madrigal Singers and Chapel Singers, and in 2013 performed Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. As a collaborative artist, Ms. Tait currently accompanies the University Choir and works one-on-one with many instrumentalists and vocalists.
Ms. Tait is passionate about sharing music with others through teaching and performing. She is an Instructor in the Community School of Music and the Arts and has spent the past five summers serving in leadership positions with Redlands Summer Piano Camp. Future plans include pursuing a Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, with the ultimate goal of a university teaching position. Ms. Tait is past president of Sigma Alpha Iota and the Catholic Newman Club.