Beverly Taylor is Director of Choral Activities and Professor at the UW-Madison, where she conducts the Concert Choir and the 200-voice Choral Union and directs the graduate choral conducting program. Highlights of the Concert Choir’s recent prestige include a 1999 tour of Britain and invitations to perform at several American Choral Directors Association conventions. It has also premiered two major works in the last few years–John Harbison’s “Emerson” for Double A Cappella Chorus and Thea Musgrave’s “Celebration Day” for chamber orchestra and chorus.
Recognized by Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer as a conductor who “has the crucial gift of inspiring people to give their best and beyond,” Beverly Taylor was Associate Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University for 17 years before assuming her present post in 1995. While at Harvard, she directed both the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and the international prize-winning Radcliffe Choral Society. 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 label. From 1989-96 she was music director of the Back Bay Chorale of Boston, which performed under her direction with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and other professional orchestras. Their recording of Robert Kyr’s “Passion According to Four Evangelists” is available on the New Albion label. As a guest conductor, Prof. Taylor has led the Artur Rubenstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Vermont Symphony, the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and Summer Chorus, the U. S. Air Force Band, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Wellesley Chamber Singers, and working with John Williams, the Boston Pops Esplanade Chorus. In Madison, Prof. Taylor is Assistant Conductor of the Madison Symphony and Director of the Symphony Chorus.
A graduate of the University of Delaware and Boston University School for the Arts, Ms. Taylor has studied with Gustav Meier, Paul Vermel, Andrew Davis, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis and Herbert Blomstedt. She received an advanced conducting fellowship with Chorus America and an orchestral conducting fellowship at Aspen. Ms. Taylor is a frequent guest conductor and lecturer at festivals throughout the United States.