Theresa Sanchez, Principal Keyboardist
Theresa Sanchez, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Keyboardist, has fulfilled that role for the past 10 years. Born in Hattiesburg, she maintains her residence there, while serving as a piano instructor at Jones Junior College for the past 17 years.
Sanchez is recognized throughout the Southeast for her talent. She has been a pianist for 48 years and has performed as soloist as well as pianist in ensembles and quartets about the state and region.
Sanchez has a bachelor of music, master of music and doctor of musical arts in piano performance. She has served as pianist for the USM Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Mobile Symphony.
In her spare time, Sanchez enjoys reading, knitting, crocheting and exercising.
Clifton Taylor, Principal Trombone
Cliff Taylor has served the Meridian Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone since 2002, with more than 15 years as a member of the brass section. Taylor has been a Starkville resident since 2005 where he serves as associate director of bands at Mississippi State University.
His education consists of bachelor of music education and master of music education degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctor of musical arts from the University of South Carolina. Before his move to MSU, Taylor was a high school band director from 1991 to 1997, followed by a teaching position at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 1997 to 2005. He comes from a musical family background. His father and two brothers are professional musicians. In addition to his attachment to the trombone for 31 years, he has the ability to play all wind and percussion instruments and he is active in church choral music.
In addition to being a member of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Taylor has also performed with Gulf Coast Symphony and the Mississippi Symphony.
A family man, Taylor hobbies include Scouting and carpentry.