TAYLOR BURKHARDT 27, born in Jefferson City, Missouri, collaborates with a number of vocalists and instrumentalists as a duo partner, chamber musician, rehearsal pianist, and coach. Recent performances include recitals and masterclasses at the University of Minnesota, Source Song Festival, and Bay View Music Festival, where she was a 2016 Collaborative Fellow. Ms. Burkhardt is an active proponent of new music, performing new works and student premieres as a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; more recently she has performed under the supervision of composers Jocelyn Hagen and Edie Hill. Ms. Burkhardt is currently a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, where she studies with Timothy Lovelace. This is her first summer at the Music Academy of the West.