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About Sylvia

Pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is a superb soloist and chamber musician who has toured in Europe, Asia and North America. Her highly expressive performances reflect an intense exploration of composers’ artistic visions. Sylvia lives in Edmonton and is active as a teacher, clinician and vocal coach.

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Professional Experience

1980 – present Private Piano Instructor
Edmonton, AB 
1978 – present Freelance Accompanist
Edmonton, AB
2017

Music Conference Alberta | Red Deer, AB
Guest Lecturer: For the Love of Canadian Music

Article in ARMTA TEMPO magazine:
Triple E Practice: Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable PDF

Assisting Harpsichordist
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Assisting Pianist
Edmonton Winds | Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference
Edmonton, AB

Guest Lecturer: Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Practice
Concordia University | Edmonton, AB

2016 As Co-chair of Contemporary Showcase:
–presentation of Young Composers Program
–presentation of Contemporary Showcase Festival
–MC of Gala Concert

Assisting pianist
Edmonton Winds Anniversary Concert
Edmonton, AB

Assisting pianist
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Respighi – Church Windows
Edmonton, AB

Assisting pianist
Ante Meridiem Choir Spring Concert
Edmonton, AB
2015 Assisting Pianist for Augustin Nguyen, saxophone
Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
Ante Meridiem Choir Christmas Concert
Edmonton, AB

Accompanist
University of Alberta Concerto Competition
Edmonton, AB

Official Accompanist
National Music Festival
Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia’s Tour of California

Assisting Pianist for violinist Christina Choi
The Shean Strings Competition
Edmonton, AB

Master Class Pianist
Opera Nuova
Edmonton, AB
2014 Assisting Pianist
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Pops Series

Assisting Pianist
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Natalie MacMaster with Donnell Leahy and family

Assisting Pianist
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia

Assisting Pianist for competitors
Northern Alberta Concerto Competition
Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
David Shefsiek Vocal Master Class
Music Conference Alberta
Edmonton, AB
2013 Producer
Violet Archer Centenary Concert | Program PDF
September 2013
Convocation Hall | University of Alberta

Clinician
Creativity and Communication in Music
Concordia University | Edmonton, AB

Adjudicator:
Terrace, BC
Fort St. John, BC
Whitecourt, AB

Accompanist
Fourth Annual Edmonton Bassoon Bash
Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia
Edmonton, AB
2012 Juror
Piano Exams | Concordia University
Edmonton, AB

Adjudicator:
Ottawa, ON
Medicine Hat, AB
2011 Accompanist
Second Annual Edmonton Bassoon Bash
Edmonton, AB

Clinician
Contemporary Music | Concordia University
Edmonton, AB

Adjudicator
Grant MacEwan University | Alberta College | Edmonton, AB
Peace River, AB
1990 – 2011 Assistant Accompanist
Pro Coro Canada
Edmonton, AB
2010 Guest Lecturer
Augustana University | Camrose, AB

Adjudicator:
Shuswap/Salmon Arm, BC
Leduc, AB
Lethbridge, AB

Accompanist
First Annual Edmonton Bassoon Bash
Edmonton, AB

Official Accompanist for Alberta competitors
National Music Festival
Montreal, Que.

Guest pianist
Pre-Tenors
Edmonton, AB
1992, ’93, 1997–2004, 2009, 2010 Assistant Keyboard
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
2009 Clinician
Soundplay
Strathcona Teachers Association
Sherwood Park, AB

Guest pianist

Heart and Stroke Foundation Reception
Edmonton, AB

Assisting Pianist
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia
Edmonton, AB

Faculty Accompanist
MusiCamp Alberta
Red Deer, AB

Official Accompanist
Alberta National Music Festival
Saskatoon, SK

Accompanist
Opera Nuova Intensive Weekend
Edmonton, AB

Faculty Accompanist
Cantando Music Festival
Edmonton, AB

Adjudicator:
Whitehorse, YK
Red Deer, AB
Calgary, AB
2008 Assisting Pianist
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia

Pianist
Royal Conservatory of Music
Silver Medal Ceremony

Master Class Clinician
Leduc Area Music Teachers’ Assoc.

Official Accompanist
Thailand International Saxophone Competition
Bangkok, Thailand

Official Accompanist
National Music Festival
Edmonton, AB

Clinician
New Approaches to Technique
Edmonton, AB

Accompanist
Opera Nuova Intensive Weekend
Edmonton, AB

Adjudicator:
Vancouver, BC
Kamloops, BC
Camrose, Barrhead, Grande Prairie, Lacombe, AB
1983 – 2007 Adjudicator
Various centres in Alberta
1981 – 2007 Adjudicator
Various centres in British Columbia
2002–07 Accompanist
Call of the Wild Horn Festival
Cold Lake, AB
1992–2006 Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Alberta

Accompanist, Vocal Coach
Opera Workshop Program
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
2006 Piano Instructor
Vivo Music Camp
Edmonton, AB
2006 Master Class Clinician
Registered Music Teachers
Leduc and area, AB
1982–2006 Adjudicator
Various centres in Saskatchewan
2005 Master Class Clinician
Registered Music Teachers
St. Albert, AB
2002–2005 Music Director
Edmonton Excellence Awards
2002–2004 Head Clinician
Music Alberta Piano Camp
Red Deer, AB
1991–2004 Faculty Accompanist
MusiCamrose Summer Workshop
Camrose, AB
2004 Master Class Clinician
University of Florida
International Master Class Series
2003 Accompanist
Opera Nuova Gala Performance
2002 Official Accompanist
National Music Festival
Lloydminster, AB
1990–99 Piano Instructor
Alberta College
St. Albert, AB
1999 Official Accompanist | Concerto Competition
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s rESOund Festival
Edmonton, AB
1995–98 Chamber Music Coach
University of Alberta
1990–95 Accompanist
Cosmopolitan Music Society Chorus
1992, ’93 Accompanist
Fundraising Cabaret
accompanying Michael Burgess
Citadel Theatre | Edmonton, AB
1989–92 Assistant Repetiteur
Edmonton Opera Association
1986–92 Examiner
Western Board of Music
1991 Faculty and Student Accompanist
Edmonton Suzuki Institute
1988–90 Pianist for Christmas Pantomimes
St. George of England Society
1985–86 Accompanist
Grant MacEwan College Opera Ensemble
1985 Accompanist
The Meal

Violet Archer Festival
Edmonton, AB
1984 Faculty Accompanist
Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts
1983–84 Piano Instructor
Grant MacEwan College
1982–83 Sessional Lecturer
Aural Skills Instructor
University of Alberta
1978–79, 1981–82 Repetiteur
Edmonton Opera Association
1980–81 Accompanist
Voice Department
University of Alberta
1980 Chorus Director Assistant for opera
I Am the Way
1980 Ballet Pianist
Alberta Dance Teachers’ Clinic
Camrose, AB
1979, ’80 Ballet Pianist
Summer Workshops
Edmonton School of Ballet
1974-77 Ballet Pianist
Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts
1974–75 Ballet Pianist
University of Saskatchewan
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Studies

1979–80, ’95, ’97, 2003 Studies with Thomas Muraco
Vocal coach and accompanist 
New York, NY
1988 Art Song Master Classes
Martin Isepp
Winnipeg, MB
1975–79, ’86 Studies with Prof. A.M. Munn
University of Alberta | Edmonton, AB
1980–83, ’85 Attends Piano Chamber Music and Vocal Chamber Music Classes
Banff Center | Banff, Alberta
Clinicians: Lorand Fenyves, Franco Gulli, Thomas Muraco, Menahem Pressler, Tom and Isobel Rolston, Gyorgy Sebok
1979 Studies with Carlo Zecchi
Mozarteum | Salzburg, Austria
1977, ’78 Attends Aspen Music Festival
Studies with Thomas Muraco, Edith Oppens, Sam Lipman
Aspen, CO
1968–75 Studies with Sheila Shinkewski
Saskatoon, SK
1974 Attends Chamber Music workshop held by Camerata 
Shaw Festival | Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
1969, ’70 Attends Lyell Gustin Summer School
Saskatoon, SK
1964–69 Studies with Phyllis Vanterpool
Saskatoon, SK
1961–64 Studies with Margaret Mead
Saskatoon, SK
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Degrees and Diplomas

1979 Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
University of Alberta (cum laude)
1979 Licentiate of Music (L.Mus.)
Western Board of Music
1978 Associate of Music (A.Mus.)
Western Board of Music
1976 Associate of Music (A.R.C.T.)
Royal Conservatory of Toronto

Awards

2014 Expressions CD shortlisted for 2014 Edmonton Music Prize
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2009 Installation as Canadian Music Centre Ambassador
National Arts Centre | Ottawa, ON

CMC congratulatory letter
PDF
2000 Receives Alberta Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for Best Classical Artist for her recording, Intimate Impressions: Piano Music of Federico Mompou 
1997 Receives touring assistance grant from Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and assistance from Canadian Consulate in New York City
1995 Receives professional development grant from Alberta Foundation for the Arts
1979 Semi-finalist in Stepping Stones division of Canadian Music Competition
1979–80 Receives Saskatchewan Arts Board Major Grant for studies in New York
1979 Represents Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association at Young Artist Auditions
1977 Winner of Saskatchewan Talent Hunt
1977 Winner of various awards from Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Music Festivals — SK
Representative for Piano at National Finals in Toronto, ON
1976 Ties for First Place at the Canadian Music Competitions — 18 and under category
Montreal, PQ
1969, 70 Receives Silver Medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music for Grade 8 & 9 Piano exams
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