Trish began her bass studies at the age of 14 in the public school system with violinist and orchestra director Beverly Schmidt. After only two weeks of study, she had advanced to playing with the high school orchestra. In her first year of study, Trish placed third desk in the district orchestra competition, but because of her freshman status was not permitted to advance. Continued studies throughout high school led her to becoming a section member of the Warren County Symphony Orchestra, and involved in multiple regional and state orchestra festivals.
Trish continued her studies at Duquesne University under the tutelage of Jeffrey Turner, (Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). She has also been a student of Curtis Burris (National Symphony), Patricia Dougherty (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Tracy Rowell (Apollo’s Fire) and Alan Bartram (Del McCoury Band).
Trish has served as a section member of the California Philharmonic, Wold 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.
Trish recently shifted her playing exclusively beyond the classical genre. She is well-versed in bluegrass, blues, country, and American folk music, and she has become one of the most highly sought-after upright bassists in the Western Pennsylvania region. Trish is also an alumna of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018.
Trish is a member of Crandall Creek, Sweaty Already String Band, Casual Hobos, Shameless Hex, Dead and In The Way, Molly Alphabet Band, and Grant Street Grifters. She is also the house player for Pittsburgh's Honky-Tonk Jukebox and has appeared and recorded with Shelf Life String Band, Joe McGuinness, and Emily Pinkerton.