Kaitlin Webster-Zuber, Co-Founder

Kaitlin Webster-Zuber (b. 2000) is a pianist-composer and a native of Los Angeles, California. She attended the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts (2009-2018), her focus being her private piano study and avid participation in the Colburn Chamber Music Institute (2016-2018). She also enjoyed branching out to study tap dance, music theory, voice (private and choir), and ballet. Throughout her time at Colburn, Kaitlin performed in MTACCAPMT, and Junior Bach festivals for piano at both local and regional levels. She participated in Junior Chamber Music, serving as director of the Los Angeles Branch Board for Junior Chamber Music Student Service Alliance (JCMSSA, 2014-15). In JCM, she was awarded numerous scholarships 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 and piano duo partner, Emily. Kaitlin frequently works with The Music Guild of Los Angeles and volunteers for their piano adoption and outreach performance programs.

As a composer, Kaitlin has studied privately under recognized composers Ian Krouse (UCLA), Derrick Skye (MSMU), and Juan Pablo Contreras. She has premiered numerous compositions with organizations including Salastina (2018-2020), Sunset ChamberFest (2020-21), and Mount Saint Mary’s University, and also composes to short films and audio dramas.

Kaitlin is pursuing her BA in Piano Performance at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Her solo and chamber music experiences inspired her to establish 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 led her to co-found Musical Traces with her sister Emily.

Emily Webster-Zuber, Co-Founder

Emily Webster-Zuber (b. 2003) 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 MTACCAPMT, 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.