Beverly Taylor, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Madison Symphony Chorus, is a frequent guest conductor at festivals throughout the United States. She has been recognized by critic Richard Dyer (The Boston Globe) as a conductor who “has the crucial gift of inspiring people to give of their best, and beyond.”
Taylor assumed the post of director of choral activities at UW–Madison in 1995, where she is director of the Concert Choir and the Choral Union and leads the graduate choral conducting program. From 1989–2012, she was conductor of the Boston Bar Association Orchestra and for seven years the music director of the Back Bay Chorale, conducting collaborative concerts with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and other professional orchestras. The Back Bay Chorale’s recording of Robert Kyr’s The Passion according to four Evangelists is available on the New Albion Records label. She served as assistant conductor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra from 1996–2018.
In 1995, Taylor completed seventeen years as the associate director of choral activities at Harvard University. In this position, she directed both the prize-winning Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. She led the groups on frequent domestic and international tours, directed a number of premieres of American music, and produced two recordings on the AFKA Records label.
As a guest conductor, Taylor has led the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Opera, the United States Air Force Band and Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Wellesley Chamber Singers. She worked with John Williams to prepare for an Independence Day concert with the Boston Pops Summer Esplanade Chorus.
A graduate of the University of Delaware and Boston University, Taylor studied with Gustav Meier, Paul Vermel, Andrew Davis, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, and Herbert Blomstedt. She received a fellowship with Chorus America and an orchestral fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. She was a finalist for the 2016 American Prize in Choral Conducting (College Division) and received the 2017 Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts at UW–Madison. Taylor is a co-author of Wisdom, Wit and Will: Women Conductors on Their Choral Art.