Taylor Scott Davis

dreamy vocal lines [that] overlap and intensify to stunning effect

Wall Street Journal

Imaginative instrumentations, new chord progressions and textures, re-harmonisations and added melodic strands brought freshness to the familiar themes.

Opera Today

Taylor Scott Davis

Composer / Orchestrator / Conductor

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as penning “dreamy vocal lines” that “overlap and intensify to stunning effect”, Taylor Scott Davis’ “inspired pen” (Opera Today) is much in demand by vocal groups and orchestras around the globe.

Taylor has written and arranged for groups including the Grammy-winning choir Conspirare and regularly collaborates with renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8, to chamber ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra and symphony orchestras. He often conducts his own performances with players from the top London orchestras, Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras. Taylor's music has been performed throughout the USA, Europe, South America, South Africa, and his gaming music has been played around the world. Recent projects such as his six new carol arrangements for choir and orchestra (commissioned by The VOCES8 Foundation for Jack Liebeck and Barnaby Smith, and premiered in digital festival LIVE From London Christmas), have been viewed and received acclaim in over 75 countries and across the media – O come, O come Emmanuel has received over a quarter of a million views/listens in under a month, and Silent Night is a close second, receiving its world premiere on Classic FM radio and online.

Silent Night from LIVE From London Christmas 

Taylor’s work has been called “lush and artful” by the Choral Journal, Opera Today has praised it as “soothing and luxuriant” and Seen and Heard as “fabulously inventive”. From “full filmic blockbuster technicolour” to ravaging, soulful countermelodies and harmonies, Taylor’s music has a unique and timely voice.

STARDUST by VOCES8

Upcoming projects include a new opera based on text by Mark Twain, a collection of new Christmas Suites for Bradley Ellingboe and Dr. Jennaya Robison of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and performances and album releases of Taylor’s six new carols, a new Magnificat (commissioned by St John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico), and A Migrant's Mass which was inspired by the image of a particularly visceral drowning in the ongoing global immigration crisis.

Joy to the World from LIVE From London Christmas 

When not writing or conducting, Taylor Scott Davis serves as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. He is a 2003 graduate and notable alumnus of Centenary College of Louisiana. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree while studying conducting with Dr. Julia Brasher Thorn, as well as intensive courses with Dr. Sandra Willets, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, Paul Oakley, Alice Parker, and Jane Marshall. He has also studied composition with Dr. Eric McIntyre, Ms. Parker, and Ms. Marshall. In 2004, he became a Fellow of Melodious Accord.

This biography is for information only, and should not be re-printed. Please use the link below to download the version for concert programmes.

Download 2021-22 Full Biography (.docx)

Download 2021-22 Official Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Phil Harvey