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Tahirah Whittington, cellist

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Photo Credit: Fionn O'lochlainn
Solo Performances
Broadway, Romeo and Juliet, Richard Rodgers Theatre, NYC
Sphinx Organization Gala, Carnegie Hall, NYC
La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series, CA
Friday Musicale Concert Hall, Jacksonville, FL
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYC
Harlem School of the Arts, NYC

Soloist with Orchestras
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville, FL
National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC
Prince George's Philharmonic Orchestra, Largo, MD
Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, Rochester, NY
Symposium Orchestra, African-American Arts Symposium, Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI
Atlanta University Centerwide Orchestra, Atlanta, GA
New England Conservatory Symphony, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Chamber Music Performances
Carnegie Hall, NYC
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
Weill Recital Hall, NYC
Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
Merkin Concert Hall, NYC

Chamber Music Ensembles
Ritz Chamber Players, strings/piano/winds/harp, Jacksonville, FL, 2002-Present
Concert Series, Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville, FL 2006-Present
Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington World Series, Seattle, 2008
Core Ensemble, cello/piano/percussion, Lake Worth, FL, 2001-2013
US colleges and universities touring, 2001-2013
England Tour - Colchester, Cambridge, London, 2005
The Young Eight, string octet, Seattle, WA, 2002-2012
US touring- NC, CT, IL, NY, WA, TX, 2002-2012
Artist-in-Residence, Seattle University, WA, 2007-09
Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington World Series, Seattle, 2006-07
Black College Tour - NC, GA, TX, SC, 2006-07
Acacia String Quartet, NYC, 1998-00
Winner, Artists International Competition, Weill Recital Hall, NYC, 1999
Isaac Stern Workshop, Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1999
Festival Semaine des Portes du Soleil, Montriond, France, 1999

Orchestral Experience
New York Philharmonic, substitute, NYC, 2001-04
New Jersey Symphony, substitute, Newark, 2001-05
Broadway, Jekyll and Hyde, Plymouth Theater, NYC, 2000
The Juilliard Orchestras, principal, NYC, 2000, 1998
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, MA, 1997, 1995
Isabella Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra, principal, Boston, MA 1994-98
New England Conservatory Symphony, principal, Boston, MA, 1994-98

Awards/Honors
Grammy Nominee, Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite for Solo Cello,
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson - A Celebration, Cedille Records, 2007
Selected Artist, Classical Connections Young Performers Career Advancement,
Association of Performing Arts Presenters, NYC, 2004
Scholarship, C.V. Starr, The Juilliard School, NYC, 2000
Scholarship, Irene Diamond, The Juilliard School, NYC, 1998-00
Scholarship, American Symphony League Music Assistance Fund, 1994-00
1st Prize Winner, The Sphinx Competition, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999

Teaching Experience
Faculty, Meadowmount School of Music, Westport, NY, Summer 2011
Taught private cello lessons, shared studio with Hans Jorgen Jensen,
Performed with Joseph Silverstein, Eric Larsen, Alan Bodman, and Patricia McCarty

Faculty, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute College Bound Conservatory, Chicago, IL, Fall/Winter 2010-2011
Taught private cello lessons and Performance Preparation classes

Faculty, The Young Eight String Seminar, NC, TX, WA, 2003-2012
Coached and performed with chamber ensembles and string orchestra, high school to college-age
Taught private cello lessons

Teaching Artist, Core Ensemble School Outreach Programs, US tour, 2001-2012
Perform and host chamber music theater programs, elementary to college-age

Cello and Chamber Music Faculty, Chamber Music at the Barn, Wichita, KS, 2007
Taught private lessons, high-school to college-age
Coached chamber music groups

Artist-in-Residence, The Young Eight, University of Washington, World Series, Seattle WA, 2006-07
Coached and performed with three string orchestras at two inner-city middle schools

Faculty, Longhorn Music Camp, University of Texas-Austin, 2006
Coached cello sections of two orchestras, high school students
Taught technique classes
Taught private lessons

Faculty, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, MI, 2005
Coached cello sections of three orchestras, high school students
Taught private lessons

Artist-in-Residence, La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series, CA, 2003
Presented and performed music from the American Revolution to the present-day, high school history classes
Performed outreach programs at corporate venue, elem. and high schools

Recordings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson - A Celebration, Cedille Records, 2005
Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite for Solo Cello
the promise of the far horizon, Albany Records, 2004
a window of resonant light - Jeffrey Mumford, composer
Core Ensemble, cello/piano/percussion
Jazz Meets Tango, Core Ensemble, 2004
Core Ensemble, cello/piano/percussion
Music Text, Capstone Records, 1999
Drowned Woman of the Sky - Shirish Korde, composer
NEC Contemporary Ensemble, soprano/three cellos/percussion/tape

Education
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Evanston, IL
Doctor of Music in Cello Performance, In Progress
The Juilliard School, NYC
Master of Music in Cello Performance, 2000
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, 1998

Principal Teachers Coaches Masterclasses
Hans Jensen Joel Smirnoff Bernard Greenhouse
Joel Krosnick Patricia Zander Norman Fischer
Laurence Lesser Colin Carr  
Andrés Díaz Eugene Lehner  



References available upon request