Taylor Stirm is a solo, chamber and orchestral musician based in North Carolina. Through her solo work and clarinet trio, Chaos Incarné Trio, she aims to expand the clarinet repertoire through commissioning emerging composers from underrepresented communities. Recent solo commissions include Trial by Fire (2022) by Fransisco Javier de Alba, premiered at the 2022 International Clarinet Association “ClarinetFest” Conference in Reno, Nevada and take you all the way by Susanna Hancock, premiered at the 2023 ClarinetFest Conference in Denver, Colorado. Stirm has been described as a “hypnotic” performer in a review of a recital of Theresa Martin compositions at the 2023 ClarinetFest conference. Other conference performances include the 2022 Single Reed Summit in Columbia, South Carolina, the 2023 Low Clarinet Conference in Glendale, Arizona, and the 2023 HERo Conference in Tallahassee, Florida with her trio, Chaos Incarné Trio.

In 2021, Stirm served as the interim band director at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, Stirm has a large private studio in North Carolina of clarinet and piano students, and is a clarinet instructor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Community Music School. Stirm also serves as the North Carolina Student Representative for the International Clarinet Association.

Stirm completed her BM in Performance and BME in Music Education at Arizona State University with Bob Spring and Josh Gardner, and studied conducting with Jason Caslor as part of her thesis “The Preparation, Rehearsal, and Performance of Recombobulation By Theresa Martin: One Conductor’s Perspective.” Stirm earned a MM in Clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she studied with Anthony Taylor and Andy Hudson. She is currently an Alumni/Hayes/Excellence Doctoral Fellow at UNCG, studying with Anthony Taylor and Luke Ellard.