New Faculty Spotlight: Taylor Stobinski

Meghan Laska Conservatory News

Suzuki Cello Teacher

Growing up, Taylor Stobinski always had a love and passion for music. His first experience with music was at an “instrumental playground” with all kinds of instruments from the viola and cello to the trombone and trumpet. However, he had a special affinity for the cello. After two years of playing, he started lessons at age 12.

Having earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance at Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Taylor played with several symphonies throughout the Midwest, including the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. “A highlight from that time was playing in the orchestra’s String Quartet at a special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. I played the Cantina Band music from Star Wars literally a few feet away from Buzz Aldrin,” he recalls.

In addition to playing cello, Taylor has a passion for technology and music. During college, he launched a computer repair company and pivoted into video editing and sound design. Today, he still blends these passions through electric acoustic music and audio engineering projects.

At RSC, Taylor is excited to help grow the Suzuki program. “I came here because of RSC’s strong community and fabulous reputation. I am honored to work with my fellow teachers to collectively provide next-level education to our students.”

His teaching philosophy is similar to Dr. Suzuki’s, with a focus on creating a positive environment and open communication where everyone feels respected and heard. He explains, “I’ve taught students as young as 3 and as old as 92. My goal is to make sure students get the best education specifically tailored to them, teaching to their strengths and aiding areas for improvement so they can achieve anything they want in music – and expand their skills outside of music.”

Taylor also serves as the principal cellist for Rivers Symphony Orchestra. “There haven’t been opportunities for live performances since the pandemic, and I’m excited to be able to perform again with such a great group of people!” he says.

-Meghan Laska