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  Krista Gush was introduced to the tambura in 1999 as a member of the Cokeburg Junior Tamburitzans.   Krista’s passion for playing the tambura (musician) was evident and she quickly became a very accomplished player, particularly on the prim and brac.   Recently, she added the teaching credential as the Director of the Trafford Jr. Tammies.   Krista has been actively involved with tamburitza music for 17 years of her life.
Krista was accepted into the Duquesne University Tamburitzans in 2012 as a musician and dancer but it was her capability and versatility as a musician where Krista made her mark in the group.   In addition to honing her tambura skills, Krista learned to play the cimbalom, the bandura and the accordion.
Krista is also the Musical Director and tambura teacher with the Trafford Junior Tamburitzans.   Krista has elevated the musicality of the group through her teaching techniques as well as transferring her passion for the music to her students.   Her role as Director, of course, places her in a position where she must adapt and arrange certain musical pieces for the roster of talent that she has available to her.
As a musician, Krista made stellar contributions to the Duquesne University Tamburitzans for 4 years (2012-2016), particularly as a tambura player.   After her graduation, Krista joined the adult tamburitza group “Javor” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Krista’s musical expertise has now been captured on DU Tamburitzan DVD’s and recordings during her time in the ensemble.   She has been a featured musician on many of the tambura-oriented numbers.   Krista is a musician and a person that other young tambura players can model themselves after.   She emulates all of the good qualities of an extremely accomplished individual performer but also understands how to blend as a team.
Krista’s accomplishments as a tambura player did not end with her graduation from the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.   With her passion for the music and the tambura family of instruments, I’m sure we’ll be hearing Krista’s music for years to come as she displays her skills in a tambura group.
Congratulations Krista!
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