Professor, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Robert Taylor is Director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston, the Founding Artistic Director and President of the Taylor Festival Choir and Taylor Music Group, and the Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the CSO Chamber Singers. Called a “rising star in the national choral scene,” Taylor’s choirs have been described as sounding “more musical than would seem possible,” and have received numerous plaudits from critics and choral specialists for their technical proficiency, musicality and beautiful sound production.
Dr. Taylor's ensembles have performed throughout the United States and Europe. They have been featured in numerous festivals and special concerts, including the 2009 and 2005 American Choral Directors National Conventions, the 2011 and 2008 National Collegiate Choral Organization National Convention, and multiple appearances in regional and state ACDA and AGO conventions. Dr. Taylor's groups also appear annually in the prestigious Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Dr. Taylor has conducted over 30 major choral/orchestral works to critical acclaim. His recording of Vaughan Williams' Epithalamion and An Oxford Elegy was favorably reviewed by the American Record Guide and Fanfare magazines—Fanfare declaring the recording "a highly accomplished performance" and stating that "Taylor and his forces capture (Vaughan Williams' score's) ebb and flow perfectly." He has prepared numerous choral/orchestral masterworks for performances with prestigious conductors such as David Stahl, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, and Dr. Kenneth Fulton.
His professional ensemble, the Taylor Festival Choir, has been hailed by critics and choral specialists alike as being one of the nation’s finest. This group’s critically acclaimed MSR Classics recording Sing We Now of Christmas, features Celtic music stars Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Kim Robertson, and his wife Mary Taylor. Taylor leads the Taylor Music Group, which supports musical performance and education in classical and Celtic music. He also directs the choral strand of the College of Charleston’s Master of Arts in Teaching in the Performing Arts degree, and serves as editor of the Robert Taylor Choral Series with Colla Voce Publications.
MUSC 161 - Concert Choir
MUSC 364 - Madrigal Singers
MUSE 701 - Graduate Conducting Style and Analysis I
MUSE 702 - Graduate Conducting Style and Analysis II
MUSE 703 - Choral Music Literature Seminar