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Mc Kayla Talasek

Violin + Viola

Combining energetic performance with dedication and discipline,

Mc Kayla Talasek is an influential classical musician. Since embarking on her career in 2013, she has entranced her audiences with her signature sound and added beauty, commitment, and consistency to the orchestras she's been so honored to perform with.

As a lessons instructor, Mc Kayla aspires to not only build up all generations of musicians, but to inspire and coach students how to be well rounded, intentional, thought-provoking spirits, using their instrument as the main resource. Her hope is that her teachings will also transfer over into other aspects of their careers and day to day lives, as to provide good advice and knowledge for each students mind, body, and soul. During lessons, each student is asked to push themselves past their own comfort zone and learn how to hone in on their discipline, respect, and daily lifestyle that suites them best. 


Behind the Musician

Orchestral Musician
Violin and Viola

Mc Kayla Talasek is a Specialist in violin and viola. She teaches private violin and viola lessons to all ages and experience levels and has been teaching group lessons, private lessons, and orchestral coaching for 10+ years. Teaching in San Antonio, TX, then Reno, NV, now back to her home town of St. Louis, Missouri, she continues to find ways to offer lessons to all students of different walks of life. Currently, she teaches at the Community Music School Webster University; Joyner School of Music; Mozingo Music; Suzuki Harmony; Gateway Outreach Program; and her home studio. 


Ms. Talasek received her BA in Violin Performance at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, along with an MM in Viola Performance at University of Nevada, Reno, graduating Magnum Cum Laude at both universities. She had the privilege to study with Yizhak Schotten, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Dustin Budish, Jenny Jones, Gerald Schoelzel, and Richard Kilmer. 

In masterclass settings, Mc Kayla performed with a chamber group for the Solera Quartet, Dover String Quartet, and Ariana Quartet, and Bravia Quartet. She also had opportunities to perform on solo violin and viola masterclasses for Bella Hristova, Jonathan Vinocour, Yizhak Schotten, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Cho-Liang Lin, Gilles Apap, and David Halen. 

Currently, she performs on viola with the Reno Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. However, through out her career she's been honored to perform on violin and viola in the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony, Flint Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, Laredo Phil, Symphony of the Hills, Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony.  

Summer Festivals attended include: Missouri Symphony Orchestra: Hot Summer Nights Music Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, Prague Summer Nights Music Festival, Mozart Festival, and the Fischoff Chamber Competition. 

When she is not teaching, performing, or practicing on her instruments, Mc Kayla loves walking her dog Hana Banana and her kitten Peaches O'Malley, maintaining a consistent fitness regimen, attending concerts, and traveling to new places. 

Orchestra Conductor on Stage

Friday, Dec 3, 2021 7pm
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 2pm, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 5, 2021 2pm

Reno Philharmonic
Spirit of the Season

Friday, Dec 10, 8pm
Saturday, Dec 11, 2pm, 8pm
Sunday, Dec 12, 2pm

Reno Philharmonic and AVA Ballet

Saturday, Jan 15 730pm
Sunday, Jan 16, 4pm

Reno Philharmonic
Shadow Dancer, Patrick Harlin
Symphony 104 in D major, Haydn
Violin Concertio in D minor, op. 47, Sibelius

Saturday, February 12, 730pm
Sunday, February 13, 4pm

Reno Philharmonic
Respectfully yours, Monica Houghton
Clarinet Concerto, Aaron Copland
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Florence Price

Saturday February 5, 730pm

Heartland Festival Orchestra

Saturday, Mar 5, 730pm
Sunday, Mar 6, 4pm

Reno Philharmonic
Overture in C Major, Fanny Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 25, Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120, Schumann
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Saint-Saens

Saturday, April 30, 730pm
Sunday, May 1, 4p

Reno Philharmonic
Symphony No. 1, Beethoven
Symphony No. 9, Beethoven

Saturday, May 7, 730pm
Sunday, May 8, 4pm

Reno Philharmonic
Clair de Lune , Debussy
Altered Landscape, Jimmy Lopez Bellido
Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky

Saturday, May 28, 730pm

Heartland Festival Orchestra

Saturday and Sunday April 22 and 23rd

Illinois Symphony Orchestra


St. Louis, MO


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