Linda Sniedze Taggart
Linda Sniedze Taggart was born in Rochester, NY and has lived here all of her life except for her college years in Miami, FL. Her family’s heritage is Latvian – both of her parents emigrated from Latvia during the late 1940s – and extensive exposure to Latvian culture, especially its music, has impacted Linda’s musical development and style. She is fluent in Latvian and active in the Latvian community, and also plays the kokle, a Latvian zither. In addition to her dulcimer pursuits, Linda is the Pastor of three Latvian Lutheran congregations in Rochester, Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. She has a strong interest in Benedictine Spirituality and presents workshops and retreats on this and other topics in both English and Latvian.
In 2011, Linda earned a Diploma with Honors in Hammered Dulcimer Performance from the Eastman Community Music School; the first diploma awarded by the school in hammered dulcimer. She is Co-director of Striking Strings, the hammered dulcimer performing ensemble of the ECMS, along with Mitzie Collins and teaches group lessons through the school. In addition to creating arrangements for solo and ensemble performance, Linda also enjoys teaching private lessons and has been published in the Dulcimer Players News magazine. She travels nationally and internationally to teach and learn and has performed and taught at many dulcimer festivals including the Upper Potomac Music Festival in Sheperdstown, West Virginia and the ODPC Funfest in Evart, Michigan, as well as in Washington DC, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. Her blog Dark Horse Dulcimer can be found at www.lindataggartdulcimer.typepad.com.