Kaitlin Webster-Zuber, Co-Founder
Kaitlin Webster-Zuber is a pianist-composer and a native of Los Angeles, California. She was homeschooled from 4th grade on and graduated from the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts (Spring 2018) after studying piano there for nine years under Jee Sung Kang. She also studied tap dancing with Denise Scheerer, music theory with Kathy Sawada, voice (private with Kay Montgomery and choir with Mikhail Shtangrud), and ballet. Throughout her time at Colburn, Kaitlin performed in MTAC, CAPMT, and Junior Bach festivals for piano at both local and regional levels. She was an avid participant of Colburn Chamber Music Institute (2016-2018) and still enjoys performing in Junior Chamber Music (2013-present). She served as the Los Angeles Branch Board for Junior Chamber Music Student Service Alliance (JCMSSA, 2014-15) and has been awarded numerous scholarships from JCM, including: the Costa Rica Chamber Music Festival, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Piano Intensive, the John Perry Academy Summer Piano Festival, the Montecito International Music Festival, and the Warsaw Piano Intensive. In July 2018, she was invited to the Concerto Fest Europa in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she performed solo repertoire and the Mozart Double Piano Concerto No. 10 with her sister Emily. Kaitlin frequently page turns for The Music Guild of Los Angeles, and is affiliated with their piano adoption and outreach performance programs.
Kaitlin also participates with the Salastina Music Society, in both their Sounds Promising and Promising Composers programs (2018-present). Performed by the resident artists of Salastina, Kaitlin has premiered multiple compositions such as her piano trio Rhapsody (2019) and her piano quintet Echoing Dreams (2020). She studies composition privately with Ian Krouse (UCLA). She has had multiple chamber works premiered through the Sunset ChamberFest program (2020-21), where she worked under Derrick Skye and Juan Pablo Contreras.
Kaitlin currently attends Mount Saint Mary's University, where she is pursuing a BA in Piano Performance under Hak Soon Swiatkowski. She also studies chamber music/piano duo work with Dr. Xiao Chen. Kaitlin’s solo and chamber music experiences inspired her to establish student outreach concerts, programs which combine Classical music with other artistic forms such as art and dance, as well as more intimate house concerts – all of which lead her to co-found Musical Traces with her sister Emily. Her passions include drawing, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Webster-Zuber, Co-Founder
Emily Webster-Zuber is a native of Los Angeles, California. She studied private piano at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts for nine years under Jee Sung Kang. She has been studying under Robert Ward since the Fall of 2018. During her time at Colburn, Emily participated in numerous local and regional levels of competitions of MTAC, CAPMT, and Junior Bach Festivals since 2012. In the past, she studied choir, music theory, and tap dancing through Colburn. Emily participated in the Chamber Music Institute at Colburn (CHMI, 2016) and continues to collaborate with Junior Chamber Music (JCM, 2015-present). In 2015 and 2016, she participated in the Piano Intensive Camp at Colburn. After being awarded scholarships, Emily attended the Idyllwild Arts Summer Piano Intensive and the John Perry Academy at Cal State Northridge, both in the summer of 2018. In 2018, Emily was also invited to the Concerto Fest Europa in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she performed solo repertoire and the Piano Concerto No. 10, K. 365, in E-Flat Major for Two Pianos by Mozart with her sister, Kaitlin. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school year, Emily was invited to participate in the Salastina Music Society’s following programs alongside her sister: Sounds Promising and Promising Composers. Through these programs, she had the opportunity of performing with professional musicians for a piece by Ethel Smyth and one of her sister’s compositions. Her own composition, Pastorale, was premiered by a professional flautist and her sister. In the summer of 2019, she attended the Idyllwild Arts Summer Chamber Intensive with her sister. For the 2019-20 season of JCM, she will be taking the position of their JCM Student Service Alliance Alliance Coordinator. Emily has also been accepted as a student of the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program through the LAPhil for the 2019-20 school year. Emily currently attends Mount Saint Mary's University, where she is earning a BA in Piano Performance under Hak-Soon Swiatkowski.