Lisa Tahara (2012 to present), M.Mus, B.Mus
Lisa Tahara is a Japanese-Canadian pianist who has appeared in solo and chamber concerts throughout North America and Europe. Lisa has won top prizes in competitions at both the provincial and national level, including the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, and most recently, the 2012 Shean Piano Competition. Lisa has also performed with several orchestras across Canada, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Victoria Orchestra. Lisa will also be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 in the Westben Arts Festival next summer.
After obtaining her Bachelors of Music degree at the University of Victoria, Lisa completed her Masters of Music degree at the University of Toronto. She is currently undertaking her Doctorate of Musical Arts studies at the University of Toronto with Drs. James Parker, Henri-Paul Sicsic and Midori Koga. She has also studied with May Ling Kwok, Dr. Robin Wood, and James Olsen.
Lisa has participated in numerous solo and chamber music summer festivals and programs. Between 2006 and 2011, she spent three summers studying in Europe on full-scholarship at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie, and at the Wiener Musikseminar. Lisa attended the 2011 Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the 2012 St. Lawrence Chamber Music Seminar. This past summer, Lisa participated in the collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre and has been invited to return next summer.
Prior to joining the Hart House Chorus in 2012, Lisa worked with numerous community, school and church choirs. Currently, she is the pianist for the Vespera Ensemble and the Cantala Ensemble, both based in Toronto.
In addition to her passion for performing, Lisa is equally passionate about teaching and has a number of private piano students. Furthermore, she is currently a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program.
Carolyn Shiau (2008 to 2012)
Carolyn Shiau joined the Chorus in September 2008, after performing in the double-piano arrangement of the Carmina Burana in May 2008. Carolyn graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 2006 and is currently a 5th-year resident doctor in pathology. She started playing piano at age 3 and went on to study classical piano at the Vancouver Academy of Music under the direction of Professor Lee Kum-Sing from the University of British Columbia. She obtained her Performer's ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1998 and her Performer's Certificate from the Vancouver Academy of Music in 2000. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to perform solo and chamber recitals in Canada, USA, Holland, and Italy. Currently, she works as a classical piano accompanist for many string players around Toronto and arranges choral and instrumental pieces for various groups across North America.
So Takei (2006-2008)
Martin Smyth (1999?-2006)
Mia Bach (?-1999)