The Taylor Festival Choir (TFC) is a professional chamber choir based in beautiful Charleston, SC.
Founded and conducted by Robert Taylor, the choir is inspired by the lives and careers of his parents Bob
and Cornelia Taylor, venerated music educators in their home state of Arkansas. Since its inception in
2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout
the United States, Ireland and the UK, and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and
choral specialists alike. TFC has been featured in multiple American Choral Directors Association
Conferences, including the 50th anniversary celebration and National Conference in 2009.
TFC is part of the Taylor Music Group, and serves as the professional choir-in-residence at the College of
Charleston and at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It presents a full concert season in the Charleston
area, and serves as the flagship ensemble for the Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Arts Series. TFC has recorded
with Delos Recordings, MSR Classics, and Centaur Records. Their most recent release, featuring James
MacMillan’s Mass and the world premier recording of Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn has met with rave
reviews: Musicweb International Classical Review (London) calling the TFC’s performance “choral singing
at the every finest level…a very impressive performance indeed, " Sing We Now of Christmas, recorded
with legendary Celtic traditional artists Liz Carroll, John Doyle and Kim Robertson, has been called “a
choral feast that will linger long in your memory after you’ve heard it” (Audio Society of Atlanta).
Personnel in the ensemble represent conductors, educators, performers and professionals from states
throughout the United States. The Taylor Festival Choir performs the finest choral literature from all eras,
medieval to modern, with particular emphasis on new music. It has collaborated with and commissioned
esteemed composers such as Stephen Paulus, Trevor Weston, Brian Galante, Michael McGlynn, David
Maves, Edward Hart, and Karen Marolli. TFC also performs folk music from the Celtic nations, frequently
collaborating with Na Fidleiri, as well as Irish and Scottish traditional legends such as John Doyle, Liz
Carroll, Kim Robertson and others. Dedicated to bringing the beauty and spiritual enrichment of choral
music to as wide an audience as possible, the Taylor Festival Choir tours frequently, and performs
outreach concerts in schools and churches throughout South Carolina and surrounding states.