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Jeffrey W. Taylor


Jeffrey W Taylor


Jeffrey W. Taylor

Bass-baritone Jeffrey W. Taylor has been a member of Lyric Opera’s Regular Chorus since 1981, and was a soloist in the 2014-15 season’s “A Wondrous Sound” concerts.  Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio and Maryland, he is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and of Indiana University.  Solo stage roles at Lyric include Speaking Priest/The Magic Flute, Sergeant/The Barber of Seville (student matinees), First Man/Susannah, Pilot/La Gioconda, and solo voices in Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and Alcina.   He was a guest singer with the Ryan Opera Center as Ivan/Die Fledermaus (Opera in the Neighborhoods) and as Gluttony in Weisgall's Six Characters in Search of an Author (on CD, New World Records).   Other solo appearances include Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, Ars Musica Chicago, Intimate Opera and Bowen Park Opera, plus Chicago premieres of Robert Passow’s The Other Wise Man, Alec Wilder’s A Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra, and J.J. Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass.  He has sung professionally with the Grant Park Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Opera Theater.  He has been active in church music ministry since the 1980s, currently helping with music and youth ministries at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.