Trish began her bass studies at the age of 14 in the public school system with violinist and orchestra director Beverly Schmidt. She continued her studies at Duquesne University under the tutelage of Jeffrey Turner, (Retired Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). She has also been a student of Curtis Burris (Retired National Symphony), Patricia Dougherty (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Missy Raines (Missy Raines & Allegheny), David McLaughlin (Johnson Mountain Boys) and Alan Bartram (Del McCoury Band).
Trish has served as a section member of the California Philharmonic, World Civic, and Butler (PA) Symphony Orchestras, and has had the good fortune to play the stages of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Avery Fisher (now David Gefffen) Hall, Heinz Hall, and Carnegie Hall (NYC).
After nearly 25 years of orchestral playing, Trish hung up her concert blacks, pulled on a pair of cowboy boots and hasn’t looked back.
Her training in Bach, Beethoven and Mozart laid the perfect foundation to tackle the intricate counterpoint of bluegrass music. Trish is well versed in bluegrass, country, and American folk music and has become one of the most highly sought-after upright bassists in the Western Pennsylvania region.
Trish is a member of Sweaty Already String Band, Molly Alphabet Band, and Grant Street Grifters. She has appeared and recorded with The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, Crandall Creek, Casual Hobos, Shameless Hex, Dead and In The Way, Shelf Life String Band, Joe McGuinness, and Emily Pinkerton.
Trish is also an alumna of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018 and part of the Fishman artist family.