Edwin R. Taylor
Composer / Arranger and Lifelong Church Musician
I am composer/arranger and lifelong church musician, Edwin R. Taylor, and I have served as Minister of Music or Music Director in churches from New Jersey to Michigan and Florida to Connecticut.
As my particular passion for ‘making a difference’ in the world of sacred music has been through composing and arranging, I am making available many of my compositions via this website. Please click on the above tabs to preview and listen to a wide variety of compositions for the Church, concert, recital, and home.
"Why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music,
thus depriving it of its mystery?"
Following in my dad’s Cincinnati Conservatory of Music footsteps, I have spent my life serving churches as music director; minister of music; organist/pianist; choral/orchestral conductor; composer/arranger; and concert series designer/funder/director. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, and have served church music ministries in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers, Florida; Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Flint, Michigan. As School Photographer in college, I photographed, developed, and printed pictures of each of the conductors under whom we, in the Westminster Symphonic Choir, sang/recorded in New York, Washington, Montreal, Pittsburgh, including Leopold Stowkowski, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Loren Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Rafael Kubelik, Lukas Foss, and others. After a career of full-time church music ministries, teaching as adjunct professor in a couple colleges, conducting choirs and orchestras (including occasional premieres), composing and arranging, and, most of all, striving to make a difference in the world of sacred music, I currently devote much of my time to composing fresh new hymntunes, simple to elaborate hymn reharmonizations, hymn descants, and Anglican Psalm tones, all the while serving as part-time music director at a church in Florida, serving on the Board of two chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and singing—along with my wife—in an excellent community chorus.
Edwin R. Taylor
Composer / Arranger
Edwin R. Taylor, a native of Fenton, Michigan, was born into a family of musicians.
Songs of Home
Reflection of Hope
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