Get to know Zach
What are you doing in school?
"I graduated from Towson University in December 2020 with my B.M. in Vocal Performance, and I'm aiming to start graduate school this coming fall to get my M.M. in performance as well."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"Since I was 5, so for about 18 years."
What is your favorite musical memory?
"I've got quite a few, honestly. One of them is actually with Lux! I joined the group for the Winter 2018-19 season, and at our first rehearsal, we worked on Will Todd's "My Lord Has Come." The piece itself is gorgeous, but what made that entire rehearsal so special was the feeling of belonging, of being a part of a group filled with people who love music as much (or more) than I do and who are so incredibly talented. It felt like I fit in and belonged immediately, both musically and socially."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"I love playing ultimate frisbee, and I'm a pretty avid football fan. I've also been getting into basketball recently as well. I love playing video games (I'm very much so a Nintendo kid). I also have a passion for cooking, even though I don't cook too much."
Who is your favorite composer?
"This answer changes constantly, but I've recently taken a bit of an interest in the contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist? Why?
"It's gotta be Jacob Collier. I'm genuinely impressed with everything he puts out, and the variety and depth of all of his Djesse albums is so, so awesome."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"'Love Like' by Peter Collins. Too catchy."
If all of the appliances in your kitchen came to life, which would they elect as their leader?
"The chef's knife. Absolutely. That thing is the most crucial part of any kitchen."
What were you doing in the summer when you were in middle school?
"Probably playing Club Penguin or something. I played that game for way too long."
What’s your favorite sports team?
"The Washington Football Team has my heart, despite how insanely difficult it is to remain a fan sometimes. I also love and support the Utah Jazz and the Cincinnati Reds, and I'll keep up with the Jersey Devils from time to time."
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"Singing with people who have a fantastic sense of personal accountability and great musical ability. I really feel like I can just go to rehearsal and just sing. I don’t have to worry about the people around me holding their own, because they always do."
What's your favorite song that you've sung with Lux?
"James MacMillan's 'O Radiant Dawn.' Some honorable mentions are Bruckner's 'Virga Jesse' and Ola Gjeilo's 'Coventry Carol.'"
What's the most interesting fact about you?
"I have the same name as the 12th president of the United States, the black power ranger from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals."
Zach Taylor began singing with Lux during the Winter 2018-19 season and has now been a part of Lux for five seasons. He graduated from Towson University in December 2020, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Vocal Performance. At Towson, he was a part of the University Chorale, Men's Chorus, and Choral Society. He was also a part of the Baltimore-based men's chamber ensemble Quorus from 2016-2019, where he also served as Outreach Coordinator. He has much experience in musical theatre, performing in shows such as Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée and Leaf Coneybear). He also serves as music director for a production of Carrie the Musical in Fall 2019. Operatic credits include The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and Le nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio), as well as roles in operatic adaptations of the children's tales Three Little Pigs and Billy Goats Gruff. Zach is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, having served as the Music Director and Vice President of the Sigma Tau chapter during his undergrad. Currently, Zach sings at St. Joseph's Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland, and is aiming to begin studying for his Master's in Music in the fall. He also continues to spend far, far too much time on social media.
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