Taylor is a Tampa native and has been performing professionally all around Florida for 25 years. She began studying harp privately as a small child. She credits her harp teachers Gayle Ossip and Dolly Roberts for guiding her talent throughout her youth. She went on to attend Florida State University and studied under Mary Roman, whom she credits with honing her technique, skill and understanding of the harp. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in Music from FSU, and over her four years there she performed with the University Symphony and many other ensembles and orchestras. But it is to her parents, Kay and Patrick Mills, that she is most grateful for always encouraging her to continue to build her talent and for providing her with the tools to do so.
She is an accomplished classical musician. Over the years she has performed with numerous orchestras, both university and professional. In addition, she has great experience performing with and accompanying choir groups for all kinds of services and special events.
Her freelance experience is extensive and includes wedding celebrations, private parties, bridal and baby showers, corporate and charity dinners, religious services and many other special events. She even appeared on the Mike Calta Show on Tampa radio station 102.5 The Bone for their in-studio Christmas party. She is well known in the Tampa Bay Area not only for her performance abilities, but also for her professionalism and elegant appearance.
Taylor has been performing Holiday Brunches at the famed Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach for many years. You can find her as the exclusive performer in the King Charles Ballroom on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
She is also the brunch musician at new North Hyde Park trendsetting restaurant Rome + Fig Bistro. You can catch her there most Saturdays and Sundays from 11-2. 301 N. Rome Ave.
This is the harp Taylor most often performs with and the stunning instrument that amazes all who see her. She was named for the musical technique of continuous gliding from one note to the next that the harp is most known for; the glissando.
This harp was made by American company Lyon & Healy in Chicago and has become the most iconic and recognizable harp design in the world. The Victorian era floral and fleur de lis woodworking on the column is completely hand carved. It is 6 feet tall, weighs 80 pounds, and has 47 strings. It’s sound is full, complex, and resonant.
This is the harp that started it all. Taylor began performing on this harp at the young age of 6 and it is still at her side today. It is 5 1/2 feet tall, weighs 40 pounds and has 36 strings. It’s smaller size and simple design makes it perfect for beach weddings. It’s sound is charming, delicate, and ethereal.