Location: Michigan, USA
Eric Taylor, is one of the most lyrical and versatile choral conductors and professional singers throughout Metro Detroit and across the country. He has studied classical vocal technique with Gordon Finlay and Christopher Vaught of the Michigan Opera Theatre. He has studied baton conducting technique under Douglas Bianchi and hand technique under Patricia Terry-Ross. As the 2009 Recipient of the Joan Katherine Rossi Memorial Scholarship for Voice, Taylor has sung in opera roles including Valiere inTartuffe (Kirke Mechem) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti). Taylor has performed in productions by the Wayne State University Opera Workshop and the Motor City Lyric Opera Company.
As conductor, Eric Taylor has graced podiums such as his church, Our Lady of Hope in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, where he serves as Youth Choir Director. In the choral setting, Taylor is currently the Tenor Section Leader of the internationally-recognized Wayne State University Concert Chorale, being a part of performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Civic Ensemble, and the Michigan Music Educators Conference. He has also led the Gregorian Chant in the American premiere of Variationen uber "Ave Maris Stella" by Thorsten Maus. He has participated in masterclasses with world-renowned conductors including Jerry Blackstone, Paul Rardin, Julie Skadsem, and Mary Hopper.
As a singer, Taylor has made appearances on many television programs, including the WDIV Super Singer Competition, where news anchor Carmen Harlan stated that he “was so good” in front of thousands who tuned into the program. Throughout the United States, Taylor performed for artists and entertainers including magician Jeff Hobson (Las Vegas), Hootie and the Blowfish, and radio personality Mitch Album to name a few. Eric Taylor was the featured tenor soloist in the Adolphus Hailstork’s cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with the Wayne State University Concert Chorale. Taylor is not only recognized for his classical and popular performances, but on the jazz stage as well. He has performed with the Wayne State University All Star Youth Ensemble as the featured vocalist at the Ford International Jazz Festival in Detroit. Along with this, Taylor is a featured soloist for Suite Justice by Russell Miller under PKO Records.
Eric Taylor was one of few cantors to be invited by the Archdiocese of Detroit to lead in worship in WJBK’s broadcast of the Mass for Shut-ins. In the recording studio, Taylor has been a featured soloist for the audio recordings of St. Germaine Dance and Repertory Company productions, including This is my Son (2004), I Shall Know Him (2005), and Sanctified (2008). Taylor has been featured as a soloist for Masses presided by Cardinal Adam Meida, Detroit, Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit.
Eric Taylor is a member of the American Choral Directors Association as well as the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. He was inducted by the faculty of Wayne State University (Detroit) into the Phi Kappa Lambda Fraternity in 2010 for outstanding musical and academic achievements.
Eric Taylor is currently in the process of composing Mass of Our Lady of Hope, a Catholic Mass setting set to the text of the new Roman Missal.