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Brent Taghap


Brent Taghap, 25, is a violinist from the Tampa Bay area. Brent holds degrees from Florida State University (BM '16) and from DePaul University (MM '18). His primary teachers include Eliot Chapo, Corinne Stillwell, and Janet Sung. Brent is currently completing his Performance Certificate at DePaul University under the tutelage of Janet Sung. He is also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition to his studies of traditional Western classical music, Brent is also interested in preserving, cataloguing, and performing works by Filipino composers in the hopes that they will become part of the canon of works for violin. Other interests include sleeping, eating, going to art museums, hanging out with friends, and playing with his cat, Wrenly.

What is one of your favorite musical memories? One of my favorite musical memories was working with Nicholas Kraemer and Yo-Yo Ma during Civic's annual Bach Marathon. Aside from playing amazing music (J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3 and 2), we had the chance to go out into the community and volunteer our time and talents. The day ended with a concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church downtown for a full house.