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Taylor Hillary Boykins


Mezzo Soprano Taylor Boykins made her Kennedy Center debut in 2014 as Mrs. Roché in Tony Small’s eco-conscious musical, Ruka. Later that year, she returned to The Kennedy Center as Alexis in the world premiere of Tony Small’s operetta Qadar with opera luminary Denyce Graves as Artistic Director.

Among her work with contemporary composers, she has co-commissioned and, in fall of 2016, will perform in the world premiere of Joshua Armenta’s Sháá Áko Dahjiníleh: Remember What They Told Us—with the Charm City Collegium. In 2015, Ms. Boykins performed in the cast of the world premiere of Frances Pollock’s Stinney.

Also in demand to sing traditional repertoire, Ms. Boykins performed works by Bizet, Montsalvatge, Schubert, Offenbach and Rossini at the Waterford Foundation in Virginia. In 2014, she sang the role of Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmelites, produced by the Peabody Opera Theatre at the Modell Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

Ms. Boykins earned the Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a protégé of Denyce Graves. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University as a student of contralto, Nadine Washington. Learn more: taylorhillaryb.net.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.