Cello teacher Val Taylor joined the Music Center faculty with vast experience as a performer and educator. While enrolled as an Organic Chemistry and Romance Language and Literature student at Radcliffe/Harvard College, she studied cello with renowned teachers Irene Sharp and Rolf Storseth, as well as with Stefan Popov at New England Conservatory of Music. After completing her undergraduate education, she moved to the West coast, where for 30 years she maintained an active career as a performer and educator. During this period, Val was assistant to Ms. Sharp’s at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and to Ms. Martha Blackman at Stanford University. Val played with a variety of orchestras and ensembles, including the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cantabrigia Baroque Players, the Nova Vista Symphony, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
Val also spent twenty years teaching cello and coaching chamber ensembles at the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Summer Camp and ten years teaching at Saratoga Music and Fine Arts. Since relocating to Atlanta in the mid 1990s, Val has taught at the Paideia School, Woodward Academy, and through the Georgia State University Neighborhood Music Schools.