The Taylor Festival Choir (TFC) is a 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 toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the U.S., and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. TFC was featured at the prestigious American Choral Directors Association National Convention and 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.
They currently record with Delos Recordings and their most recent release, featuring James MacMillan’s Mass and the world premier recording of Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn has met with rave reviews: Musicweb International Classical Review (London) calling the TFC’s performance “choral singing at the every finest level…a very impressive performance indeed, " Sing We Now of Christmas, recorded with legendary guest artists including Liz Carroll, John Doyle and Kim Robertson, has been called “a choral feast that will linger long in your memory after you’ve heard it” (Audio Society of Atlanta). TFC is part of the Taylor Music Group, and serves as the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston and at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It presents a full concert season in the Charleston area, and serves as the flagship ensemble for the Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Arts Series.
Personnel in the ensemble represent conductors, educators, performers and professionals from states throughout the U.S. The Taylor Festival Choir performs the finest choral literature from all eras, with particular emphasis on new music and folk music from the Celtic nations. 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. TFC toured Ireland with sister ensemble Na Fidleiri in 2013. A documentary of this tour recently aired on South Carolina Public Television.
McKenzie Anderson, is a sophomore at the College of Charleston. She is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in vocal performance and is a student of David Templeton. McKenzie is also a member of the concert choir and madrigal singers. Recent performances include CofC Opera's production of Puccini's Suor Angelica, where she was featured in the role of La zia Principessa, and Summerville High School's production of Vivaldi's Gloria. Other opera roles include The Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. McKenzie has also been a consistent winner at NC and SC NATS. She took third place in 2015 at the regional level.
Mark Boozer, a native of South Carolina, has sung with choral groups at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and Winthrop University, as well as the York County Choral Society and Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. He currently sings with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He holds two degrees from Johnson & Wales University, and is the Bakery Manager at Earth Fare in West Ashley.
Jordan Boyd, baritone, is currently the Director of Choral Activities at the Berkeley Center for the Arts (Goose Creek High), and serves as the Associate Music Director for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His choirs have received superior ratings at state festivals and praise for their 'impressive musicianship'. As a choral artist, Boyd has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble under Craig Hella Johnson. He holds a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition from the College of Charleston, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Jane Burton is from Coralville, Iowa and completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Neuroscience at St. Olaf College. While at St. Olaf, she sang in the St. Olaf Choir, participating in many exciting choral opportunities including the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, domestic tours of the east and west coasts, and a month-long tour of Norway to celebrate the choir’s 100th anniversary. She also played viola in the Philharmonia Strings and played, sang, and directed several chamber and extracurricular groups. She recently graduated with her Doctor of Audiology from Vanderbilt University after completing her final year of clinical training at MUSC. While in Nashville, she sang with the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and Portara Ensemble. She has enjoyed her first season singing with the Taylor Festival Choir and as well as the opportunity to perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She will be returning to Vanderbilt in Fall 2017 to begin working towards a PhD in auditory neuroscience.
Art Bumgardner earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2003 after thirty-seven years of teaching voice, opera, and musical theater. He was a member of the voice faculty at the College of Charleston from 2006-2015 and appeared frequently as baritone soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Taylor Festival Choir, the choirs of Grace Episcopal, St. Michael’s, First Scots Presbyterian, St. Matthews Lutheran, and James Island Presbyterian. He recently moved to Helena, Montana where he sings in the Helena Symphonic Chorale and maintains a private voice studio.
Maurice Burgess received his undergraduate training at Western Carolina University with a double concentration in both vocal and instrumental music education followed by a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College. He is currently Choral Director at Chapin Middle School after having served as Director of Vocal Activities at Broome High School and voice teacher with the Lawson Academy of the Arts. He is a faculty member for the Bands of America Drum Major Institute. Maurice is an active performer appearing in leading tenor roles, oratorio and concert recitals.
Originally from Austin, MN, bass-baritone Thomas Gerber is the current Director of Music at Bishop England High School and has had a variety of experiences both as a choral and operatic singer, most recently singing with VAE in Cincinnati, OH under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. He also is a past member and section leader of the internationally acclaimed Luther College Nordic Choir. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, IA and also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
William Gesin recently moved to Charleston from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct online music instructor for Community College of Allegheny County and is a freelance accompanist for performances ranging from school and university concerts to musical theater auditions, classes, and productions. Most recently he was the music department accompanist and a private piano instructor at California University of Pennsylvania and the assistant organist at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Together with Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh's renowned baroque ensemble and Calvary's Ensemble-in-Residence, Calvary performed several large works each year, including Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Durufle's Requiem, and Bach's St. John Passion. In addition to having taught middle school and high school choir, he has also sung with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, known for its innovative programming, and was the accompanist and assistant director of The Three Rivers Choral Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of PA and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. While at IUP he was the winner of the annual concerto competition and was a featured soloist with the IUP Orchestra in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. At IUP he was a member of the inaugural class of the Robert E. Cook Honors College, and while at Duquesne he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.
Katie Hardwick recently moved to Charleston and is a native of Nashville, TN where she received her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Belmont University. In her time at Belmont she performed with several ensembles, on flute and as a soprano, as well as interned with the University Women's Choir. She is currently the Choral Director and Orchestra Director at Cane Bay Middle School in Summerville, SC where she leads four choirs and three orchestras as well as teaches general music. She is eager to sing her first season with the Taylor Festival Choir as well as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Tatiana Hoover is a recent vocal performance graduate of the College of Charleston. This is her first season with the Taylor Festival Choir. In the spring of 2015, she appeared as Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Tatiana performed as a soloist under Edward Higginbottom and Joseph Flummerfelt and has appeared in many performances through College of Charleston, Piccolo Spoleto,Spoleto Festival USA, and churches during her time at the Charleston. She is a section leader at Grace Episcopal Church.
Andrew Jamison of Wichita Falls, TX, is an alumnus of Midwestern State and Texas Tech Universities. He recently performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Breve. Other notable performances include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Andrew's experience in the Musical Theater world include the title roles in Sweeney Todd and Jekyll & Hyde. Andrew currently sings with the Sound of Charleston and is a staff singer for The Church of the Holy Communion.
Grace Kahl, soprano, is a New York City native who is currently pursuing an Artist's Diploma degree in Opera at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A performer of opera and musical theater, she has been seen as Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Despina (Così fan tutte), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Philia (A Funny Thing Happened...), and Fiona (Brigadoon). Grace has also been engaged as a soloist with the Akron Symphony (Carmina Burana), Dayton Ballet (Dracula: Bloodlines), and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Faure Requiem). This summer she will join the Apprentice Artist program at Des Moines Metro Opera where she will be singing the role of Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music.
Lee Lingle is celebrating his 15th year with the Taylor Festival Choir. To date, Mr. Lingle has sung in every Taylor Festival Choir season since the group's inception in 2001. He has also sung with the College of Charleston Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He serves as section leader and soloist for Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Mr. Lingle works in the Special Education department of James Island Elementary School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston.
Chelsea Loew is currently pursuing her MA in Composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She received her BA in Composition from the College of Charleston in 2014. She has been commissioned by the College of Charleston Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cane Bay Cobra Chorale. Her works have been performed in venues including Hatch Recital Hall, Sottile Theatre, Grace Episcopal, Simons Recital Hall, and the Lightsey Chapel. She has sung with numerous choirs including Eastman Chorale, the College of Charleston Concert Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Church of the Holy Communion Choir, and the Taylor Festival Choir.
Susan McAdoo is a solo and collaborative pianist, teacher, vocal coach, and choir director. Performance credits include concerts throughout the East Coast, as well as in France, Switzerland, South Korea, China, England, and Spain. Formerly on the piano faculty at Campbell University and UNC-Chapel Hill, she is now the pianist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Choral engagements include the Westminster Choir, Duke Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum, and the CSO Choru. She is the director of a church choir in McClellanville and of Music Café, a monthly soirée for adult amateur musicians.. She holds performance degrees from Westminster Choir College and UNC-Chapel Hill.