Ken Taylor is in his 30th year of teaching music in the Palm Beach County School system and is currently serving as the Director of Choral Studies at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Previous to teaching at Dreyfoos, he taught 10 years at Bak Middle School of the Arts as well as 15 years as the Choral Director at John I. Leonard High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in both music education and music theory from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
His choruses have consistently received superior ratings at district and state choral festivals since 1991. In the spring of 2017, two of his choirs were named Choirs of Distinction at State Choral MPA. He has conducted choruses at the National American Choral Directors Conferences in Miami (2007) and Chicago (2011) in addition to Southern Division ACDA Conference in Jacksonville (2014).
Mr. Taylor is an active adjudicator and clinician for district music performance assessments throughout the state of Florida. He has conducted all-state choirs in several states throughout the southeast. He is also asked to conduct all county honor choirs throughout the state of Florida each year. He has twice served as the Florida Vocal Association District 14 Chairman. He also served as Coordinator for the FVA All-State SSAA choir for several years.
Mr. Taylor also currently serves as artistic director of the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, who have performed numerous choral masterpieces such as Handel’s “Messiah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Rutter’s “Magnificat”, Schubert’s “Mass in G”, Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass”, and Brahm’s “German Requiem” under his baton.
Mr. Taylor holds memberships in several professional organizations including Florida Music Educator’s Association, American Choral Director’s Association, and Music Educator’s National Conference.