Artistic Director’s Page
Maestro E. Burns Taft is the Founding Music Director of the Pacific Shores Philharmonic, and conductor of the Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra and Pacific Shores Chorale. A long time community leader and fixture in the non- profit, arts and civic life of Ventura County, Dr. Taft is a celebrated educator having been a member of the faculty of Ventura College for over 40 years. Taft was the long time music director of the acclaimed Master Chorale of Ventura County for over three decades, and the Founding Music Director Emeritus of the Ventura Music Festival. He is an accomplished conductor and pianist, and has performed with leading classical musicians of our time. His formal study includes Yankton College, Yale University, the University of Colorado, University of Southern California, Stanford University and the Darmstadt School of Contemporary music.