Dr. Stephen Taylor
Dr. Stephen Taylor
Music Department Chair, Piano, Piano Seminar
Pianist Stephen Taylor is approaching the thirty-year mark as a professional performer and teacher. As a soloist, Dr. Taylor has performed in recitals and with orchestras in the US and in Europe. A frequent collaborative performer, he has toured with solo singers, choirs and instrumentalists across the US, and in such diverse places as Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Scotland, Greece and Israel. He lectures frequently for music teacher organizations and has made presentations at state and national conferences sponsored by Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and Music Educators National Conference. He enjoys adjudicating auditions, festivals and competitions, and is the author of several articles relating to piano pedagogy. His latest publication is a music review for MTNA’s Music Teacher magazine.
Having served for ten years on the piano and pedagogy faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music, he is currently in his twelfth year on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, where he chairs the music department and teaches piano-related lessons and coursework. Dr. Taylor has also served on the faculties of the SCGSAH Academy and Discovery programs since their respective inceptions in 1990 and 2004. Former students have attended such institutions as The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern and Indiana Universities, UNC School of the Arts, and numerous other schools in the region. Current and former students have been prize winners in the Aloha International Piano Competition in Honolulu and in MTNA-sponsored competitions, as well as in many state concerto competitions.
Dr. Taylor holds performance and pedagogy degrees from The Juilliard School, the University of Louisville and the University of South Carolina, where his major professors included Ania Dorfmann, Lee Luvisi, Max Camp and Raymond Dudley.