Dr. Edward Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Music Theory
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-3661
Fax: (254) 710-1191
EDWARD TAYLOR holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University where he was a student of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies 'graduating with academic honors' from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied jazz drums with Keith Copeland and jazz composition with Kenny Barron and Mark Kirk.
An active drummer and composer, Dr. Taylor has performed with many well-known jazz artists from the New York area including Chris Bacas, John Farnsworth, Joel Frahm, Michael Philip Mossman, Jeb Patton, Pete Rodriguez, Harvie S., Terell Stafford, and Danny Walsh, among others. He appears on several recordings, including those of Groove Apparatus, a group that he co-founded in 1997 with Scott Robert Avidon and Steve Swanson.
Dr. Taylor's performance career has taken him to jazz clubs, festivals, and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. Highlights include being named an Ambassador of Goodwill prior to an Eastern European concert tour in 1994, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996, performing with vocalist Jewel Crenshaw.
Additionally, Dr. Taylor served as percussionist for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, appearing in several musical productions and annual gala performances between 1996 and 2008. Through his association with the theater he performed with a number of Broadway veterans including Derin Altay, Robert Cuccioli, Mark Jacoby, Dana Reeve, and Tamara Tunie.
Taylor's compositional credits include over 60 original jazz compositions ranging from small ensemble pieces to larger works for big band. Further, he has composed over 30 "classical" works in the progressive atonal language, ranging from solo pieces for instruments such as piano, cello, and flute, to works for chamber ensemble and orchestra. He has received performances from The New York New Music Ensemble, Helix!, Fred Sherry, Harvey Sollberger, and John McMurtery, among others. Taylor's works have been programmed on concerts and festivals throughout the United States, and his Second Piano Sonata received its European premiere in March 2006, at the American Academy in Rome, by Ashlee Mack.
Taylor is currently a Senior Lecturer in Music Theory at Baylor University. Previous teaching appointments include William Paterson University and Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. Additionally, he is a co-founder and co-director of the Society for Chromatic Art, a New York-based new music ensemble.