Patricia Tait- harpist
Patricia Tait is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music as a Voice Performance major with a degree in Music Education. She taught music in the Taylor School District over an eight-year period, and has been teaching Preschool through Eighth Grade music at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center in Dearborn Heights since 1980. Patricia Tait has been a performing musician in various capacities most of her adult life. In addition to singing, she plays Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, guitar, recorder, autoharp, piano, ukulele, and glockenspiel. She has been performing on Celtic harp since 1990.
In addition to performing with Erickson Flute & Ensemble, Patricia also performs both as a soloist and with her own trio of musicians known as Felicity Strings. The group, Felicity Strings, features the hammered dulcimer and Celtic harp with accompaniment by string bass, recorders, and glockenspiel.
Performing venues include Greenfield Village: Martha Mary Chapel, Eagle Tavern, The Taste of History, and Lovett Hall, The Henry Ford Estate, Livonia Civic Center Library Noontime Concert Series, Westland Library, Dulcimer Funfest in Evart, Michigan, Mrs. Lovell’s Tea Cozy in Farmington, American Business Women’s Association, Commandant’s Quarters in Dearborn, Governor’s House in Farmington Hills, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Drummond Island, Domino’s Farms, Harbor Festival in Harbor Springs, Scottish Festival in Kalamazoo, and the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She has also performed at numerous weddings and corporate and private venues, as well as on several local cable stations in the area including Westland and Dearborn.
Patricia has several recordings to her credit including “Sleigh Ride Through the Holidays with Felicity String”, “My Wild Irish Rose”, and “Together Again for the First Time”. She and her dulcimer trio are featured on the recording “Paint Creek Sampler”.
Patricia has been a member of the Michigan Chorale, Kenneth Jewel Chorale, Schoolcraft Community Chorus, the Plymouth Community Choir, and is currently performing with the Plymouth Oratorio Society. She was once a member of the group Ukulele Ladies, performing with them at various venues. She has appeared in productions of “Faust” and “Don Giovanni” at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at the University of Michigan. She played the part of Patty in the Taylor Community Theatre production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and has performed as the lead soprano soloist in several children’s operas under the direction of Sanford Jones including, “Harlequin”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Persephone”.
Patricia is a mother of two and resides in Canton, Michigan with her husband.