Founder / Director
Hailed by a 2nd grade classroom as “wreely nice and kind” and “the coolest man on erth,” Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the lines between violin and fiddle. Eagerly collaborating across musical genres, he has performed in 48 states and 13 countries as an alumnus of the Canadian world-music troupe Barrage, with duo partner Tricia Park, with chamber-folk string sextet The Sound Accord, or as a soloist. Offstage, Taylor obtained a master's in education from Harvard University and teaches nationally as a guest educator and clinician. He co-founded/co-directs the Gilbert Town Fiddlers (an extracurricular high school fiddle group), serves as a guest lecturer at Arizona State University, maintains a private violin studio outside Phoenix, and regularly works with students and educators around the country to explore the incredible variety of ways to make music with string instruments.
To learn more about Taylor, visit his website.
To learn more about Taylor, visit his website.
STringPlay 2020 Faculty
Adam Gurczak is a Boston-based performer, educator, and arts organizer who is passionate about collaboration and social change through music. He has performed with various ensembles like the New England Symphony, Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the classical realm, he regularly performs with folk artists like Rachel Sumner and Sarah Grella; works as the Artistic Programs Administrator for the Grammy Award winning Silkroad Ensemble; and is a part-time performance manager at Club Passim, a non-profit arts organization and music venue. As a teacher, he runs his own private studio and works at StringPlay, which he has been part of since its founding in 2013. Previously, he taught at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, where he co-taught in two orchestras with students ranging from grades 1-5; the New England Music Academy; and as a section coach for various schools in Tucson, AZ. Adam has a master’s in music from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a B.M. in Music Performance, a B.A. in Italian Studies, and a Thematic Minor. Beyond performing and teaching, he is also a freelance photographer, designer, and painter, working with unconventional mediums like tea and coffee. To learn more about Adam, visit his website.
Carlito Stewart, has studied cello since the age of 9. Growing up, his father gave him a well-rounded love for all genres: jazz, rock, R&B, blues, and soul. He completed a double major for his Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Music Business and Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Then he transferred to the University of Arizona where he began his Bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis on Cello Performance, under the direction of Dr. Theodore Buchholz. Carlito has performed at numerous public schools, community venues, and also at a benefit concert for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Carlito performed as a member of the Scottsdale Community College Cello Ensemble, with his former cello instructor, Dr. Jenna Dalbey of the Tetra String Quartet, for over two and half years. He also, regularly attends the Mike Block String Camp where he has performed with inspiring folk musicians and crazy cello pioneers like Mike Block and Rushad Eggleston. Through his years of performing he has had the privilege to play with musicians like Mike Block, Hanneke Cassel, Lauren Rioux, Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Jayme Stone, Rushad Eggleston, Joe Walsh, Kai Welch, and, the heavy metal band, Disturbed. Carlito is also an Eagle Scout.
Courtney Pinski started learning both classical violin and Irish fiddling at the age of 9, but as she got older, fiddling became more of her passion. She was an inaugural member of the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, and has expanded her fiddle knowledge at the Mike Block String Camp and Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in violin performance. While at U of A, Courtney’s primary professor was Tim Kantor, and she taught violin through their String Project program. She also performed with a number of ensembles including the Arizona Symphony, Symphonic Choir, UA Studio Jazz ensemble, and Arizona Choir. Currently, Courtney is a member of many performing groups including Half Full, the Sparkroot Quartet, and the Jacob Acosta Band, which has an album available on Spotify and Apple Music. Courtney also frequently plays ensemble and solo gigs around Arizona for various foundations, her most recent one fiddling for the Remember Patsy Cline tour presented by Showtune Productions. Currently, Courtney is running her own studio of private students, and is planning on starting a Masters in Fine Arts Administration next year.
Cameryn Baum is an Arizona State University graduate with her Bachelor’s in Cello Performance. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned the Moeur Award for her academic excellence. In addition to her coursework, Cameryn has had many amazing opportunities to play on stage with world renowned musicians including Ursula Oppens, Brooklyn Rider, Jubilant Sykes, and Michael Bublé. Off the stage, Cameryn teaches private lessons for cellists wanting to learn classical or non-classical styles of music. She also serves on the board for Muse Phoenix, volunteers at Cellobration, and is the Rehearsal Assistant for the Gilbert Town Fiddlers. Outside of musical activities, Cameryn thrives in working with and for her community. She has been involved with the Mesa Arts Center, Camp Patrick, ASU’s Sexual Violence Prevention Department, and ASU's Undergraduate Student Government. Cameryn hopes to expand her community involvement by writing grants for musical non-profit organizations. In the meantime, she will be focusing on motivating young adults to be the best musicians they can be and furthering her knowledge and experience with teaching.