B.M., M.M., University of Redlands
Solo and Collaborative Piano Performance
Pianist Sophie Tait garners high praise and recognition for her vibrant and commanding performances. She is consistently applauded by audiences and critics alike for her captivating interpretations, brilliant technical facility, and rich, singing tone. Ms. Tait performs throughout Southern California as both a soloist and collaborate pianist. Her various performance endeavors have also taken her to Carnegie Hall in New York City and overseas to Salzburg, Austria.
In February of 2016, as grand prize winner of the annual University of Redlands Concerto Competition, she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor,” with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jon Robertson. She was also a prizewinner of the President’s Honor Recital auditions and has performed for President Ralph Kuncl and the Board of Trustees on several occasions.
Ms. Tait is also an accomplished choral accompanist and collaborates regularly with various choral groups in dozens of concert and festivals throughout the year. She is presently the accompanist of the acclaimed Inland Master Chorale, where she worked with founding director Roger Duffer during his final concert season. As a student and staff accompanist at the University of Redlands, Ms. Tait worked extensively with conductors Nicholle Andrews and Joseph Modica as an accompanist for University Choir and Youth Choir.
Originally from Moreno Valley, California, Ms. Tait attended the University of Redlands from 2010-2016, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under the tutelage of distinguished teacher and performer Louanne Long. Through the years, she worked alongside several notable concert artists, including American pianist Joel Fan and Polish pianist Krystian Tkaczewski. During a semester abroad, she was a student of Kirsti Bergh-Kauf, distinguished Norwegian pianist and pedagogue. In 2011, as part of the Frederick Loewe Symposium, she worked with celebrated American composer William Bolcom, performing one of his own works. As an exceptional student and scholar, Ms. Tait was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them the prestigious LeHigh Endowed Piano Scholarship from 2010-2016, the coveted Presser Scholar Award in 2013, and induction into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, in 2014. Ms. Tait is also an avid and innovative leader, serving the university community as president of Sigma Alpha Iota and Newman Club, and as director of Sweet Charity, a women’s a cappella ensemble.
Ms. Tait is also an accomplished organist. As both an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Redlands, she studied with renowned international concert artist Frederick Swann. She has been a choir accompanist and organist at St. Christopher Church in Moreno Valley for the past eight years and is a sought-after wedding organist and substitute organist at various other churches and venues throughout the Inland Empire.
Currently, Ms. Tait is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Redlands, where she heads the piano accompanying program. In addition, she is a piano instructor in the Community School of Music and the Arts and serves on the faculty and Board of Directors of the annual Redlands Summer Piano Camp. Ms. Tait is also a dedicated member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Association, where she commits herself to service and musical outreach in the local community.