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Taylor Festival Choir

Director: Robert Taylor

Taylor Festival Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from SC, United States.

The Taylor Festival Choir is a semi-professional chamber choir based in Charleston, SC. Founded and conducted by Robert Taylor, the choir is inspired by the life and career of Bob Taylor, the conductor's late father and a noted choral musician and pedagogue. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the US, and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. Their second compact disc recording, This is Thy Hour, O Soul, was recently released on the Centaur label, and has been hailed by critic Lindsay Koob as "Fabulous...Tremendous." Last season, the Taylor Festival Choir was one of only two American adult chamber choirs featured at the prestigious 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Convention and 50th anniversary celebration.

Part of the Taylor Music Group, the Taylor Festival Choir presents a full concert season in the Charleston area, and serves as the flagship ensemble for the annual Taylor Music Festival. It also serves as the professional-choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston. Personnel in the ensemble represent conductors, educators, performers and professionals from several states, including South Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, California and Washington.

The Taylor Festival Choir performs the finest choral literature from all eras, with particular emphasis on new music. Recent concerts have featured commissions and performances of works by Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, Julian Wachner, Michael McGlynn, Brian Galante, David Maves, Trevor Weston, and Karen Marrolli. Dedicated to bringing the beauty and spiritual enrichment of choral music to as wide an audience as possible, the Taylor Festival Choir tours frequently, and performs outreach concerts in schools and churches throughout South Carolina and surrounding states.

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Taylor Festival Choir : This Is Thy Hour O Soul : 00  1 CD : Robert Taylor : 

Taylor Festival Choir : This Is Thy Hour O Soul

Review: In our contemporary, frenetic society, the innate spirituality of our common existence is all-too-often overlooked. This is Thy Hour, O Soulfocuses on that spirituality with modern musical settings of texts both contemporary and ancient, Western and Eastern, sacred and secular, theological and philosophical. Called by critic Lindsay Koob a "rising star in the national choral scene," Taylor's choirs have been described as sounding "more musical than would seem possible," (Charleston Post and Courier) and have received numerous plaudits from critics and choral specialists for their technical proficiency, musicalty and beautiful sound production.

Songlist: On Meditation, A Clear Midnight, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, The Last Invocation, The Unknown Region, To All, To Each, Festival Te Deum, Sing Ye Praises to Our King, Salmo 150, Water Night, Cloudburst, Prayer to the Father of Heaven, Ave Maria

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9026c | 00 1 CD | $15.95


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