Taylor Poenicke

Taylor Poenicke

Flute, Piccolo

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Taylor Poenicke is a sophomore flute performance major at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and studies with Dr. Shelly Monier. Despite being told not to play the flute at the sixth grade instrument testing night, Taylor went with her gut and chose to play the flute. She also began playing the piccolo just before she graduated from high school. 

Taylor is a second-year member with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has performed in various ensembles throughout her years including: the Metro 8 District honor band, the Missouri All-State band, SIUE bi-state band, small chamber ensembles, and the top group at her high school, Francis Howell Central. She has also received top scores at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in high school on both flute and piccolo. Taylor was the first place winner of the FSSL competition in the high school division when she was a senior, and won the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville concerto competition when she was a sophomore in college. Taylor has performed in a masterclass with Carol Wincenc, professor at Julliard, and Paul Thompson, professor at Southeast Missouri State University. Taylor currently serves as the principal flutist in the SIUE orchestra and the SIUE wind symphony and also performs with the flute choir at SIUE where she plays flute and piccolo. 

Although Taylor loves playing the flute and piccolo, she also enjoys long walks outdoors, fishing, photography, and cuddling with her dogs, Dixie and Dottie. 

Taylor would like to thank her past flute teacher, Jennifer Dehner, her current flute professor, Dr. Shelly Monier, her family, friends, boyfriend and his family for their continuous support that helped her get to where she is today.