South Sound Piano Trio and Quartet


Gwendolyn Taylor, violin; Mary Manning, viola; Margaret Thorndill, cello; and Coni Liljengren, piano

Gwendolyn  Taylor, violinist and violist, is assistant concert mistress of Symphony Tacoma, and a member of Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, and Lake Chelan Bach Festival. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music she teaches private violin and viola in Tacoma and coaches for Bremerton Youth Orchestra. Ms. Taylor plays in various chamber music ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Mary Manning, violinist and violist, is a Tacoma native and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory. She is the longtime principal second violinist of the Northwest Sinfonietta and performs often with the Vashon and Tacoma Operas.  Her freelance work has included membership in many chamber music groups and baroque orchestras.  She has a private teaching studio at her home in Gig Harbor. 


Margaret Thorndill, cellist, is a member of Symphony Tacoma as well as Lake Chelan Bach Festival. She plays in numerous chamber music ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as coaching chamber music and teaching cello. She was a former member of Singapore Symphony Orchestra prior to returning to her home town of University Place.


Coni Liljengren, pianist, moved to the Tacoma area in 2007 and began teaching in her piano studio in Gig Harbor. As a freelance accompanist she has accompanied members of the Minnesota Orchestra, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Tacoma.  She has acted as professional accompanist with Bremerton Symphony Chorale, The Lake Chelan Bach Festival, NOISE (Northwest Opera in the Schools), Tacoma Symphony Voices, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound. In addition, she is the organist/pianist at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church in University Place.




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