Dr. William R. Taylor was attracted to music from an early age and began playing piano and taking lessons in first grade. He later became fascinated by the sounds of the pipe organ when peering over the balcony at the enormous console at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. This fascination became his love and inspired his study of organ at the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Warren Hutton. William continues his study now as he privately coaches with Dr. Wilma Jenson.
Over his career, William has served at Christ Church Cathedral, Belmont United Methodist Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and Congregation Micah, all in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1999 he was an invited chorister with Christ Church Cathedral’s (Lexington, Kentucky) men and boys choir on a tour to England where they served as the choir-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and Gloucester Cathedral. With this same choir, he also performed at Saint Thomas Church and Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York in 2002 and 2004.
William currently serves as the Choir Director and Organist at The Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is active in the Nashville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having served as their Dean in 2008-2009. He actively supports the Royal School of Music and uses their training scheme in his youth choir work. He was a founding member of the Nashville Chamber Singers and serves as President of their Board of Directors.
William also holds a Master of Library Service degree from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He has served as a librarian at Vanderbilt University and at Ingram Content Group. He is currently working at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt Bookstore as the Textbook Manager. In his spare time, William serves on the OBI Leadership Committee of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
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