Location: Texas, USA
Dr. Jim Taylor is Director of Choral Activities at Kilgore College, where he directs the Kilgore College Chorale, the Camerata Singers, the East Texas Community Chorus, and the Kilgore College Children's Chorus. He also teaches Composition, Guitar, and Music Appreciation. He was one of six teachers to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2012-13 academic year at Kilgore College. Under his direction the Kilgore College choirs have performed the Mozart and Brahms Requiems, Carmina Burana, Messiah, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, and many smaller works. He made his European conducting debut in 2005, conducting the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of the Mozart Mass in C Minor, returning the following year to conduct Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. In 2008 he returned once again to perform Britten’s Cantata misericordium and Haydn’s Paukenmesse.
Dr. Taylor has extensive experience in the field of church music, having served churches in a full-time music ministry in Florida, Colorado, and Alabama from 1982 to 2006. It was during this time that he founded the Jacksonville (FL) Children’s Chorus. His choral compositions are published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Roger Dean Music, Choristers Guild, Colla Voce, and other publishers. Music studies were undertaken at Florida Atlantic University, the University of North Texas, the University of Miami, and at the University of Alabama, where he was the Narramore Scholar from 2006-8 prior to receiving his DMA in Choral Conducting. Seminar and workshop over the years have been with Robert Shaw, John Rutter, Richard Miller, Jorge Mester, Sir David Willcocks, and others. He was a conducting participant under Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1996. His inquiry into the choral arrangements of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw has been the subject of a dissertation at the University of Alabama and an article in the June/July 2012 Choral Journal.
Dr. Taylor and his wife, Karen, have three children and three grandchildren.