Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Dr. Taina Lorenz, this self-proclaimed “band geek” earned her PhD in Music Education and Cognition, and Wind Conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on how our brains interpret and navigate the multi-sensory environment of instrumental ensembles, interpersonal and social dynamics within large ensembles, and the relationship between the two. Taina’s research has been presented at conferences in Austria, England, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Taina also holds a Bachelor of Education in Music Education, and Master of Music in Wind Conducting and Music History from the University of Alberta.
As Music Director of the Cosmopolitan Music Society, Taina oversees all aspects of music performance and programming, including the creation and implementation of adult music education programs, levelled Beginner band programs, jazz bands, handbells, and small ensemble projects. She leads the research team which recently explored alternative and engaging approaches to music programming during COVID-19 pandemic and continues her personal research into the social and cognitive nuances of ensemble music-making. Taina conducts the Monday (Advanced) and Tuesday (Intermediate) Bands, as well as special event performances including the annual memorial tribute concert Lest We Forget, and CMS Tour Band performances, most recently to Wales, Ireland, Denmark, and Sweden. Over the past nine years, she and the CMS ensembles have worked closely with composers around the world to premiere new works for wind band in Canada and Europe.
With over 25 years of classroom experience teaching music from kindergarten to college, Taina is known as a consummate educator. She teaches instrumental ensemble pedagogy, conducting techniques, brass foundations, band history, and music psychology to youths and adults. Coupled with her skills and experience as a trumpet, horn, and euphonium player, Taina is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor in Canada and the United States.
When not engaged in music, Taina enjoys good food, good wine, and a good story, especially when shared with her friends, family, and cats.