Benjamin Taylor

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Benjamin D. Taylor (b. 1983) is a composer, improviser, and dixieland trumpet player. He graduated from Indiana University with a doctorate in music composition. He received his master's degree in music composition from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor's degree in music composition in 2009 from Brigham Young University. During his time as a student at BYU, Taylor was a teaching assistant in the computer lab for music application, and was the teaching assistant and curriculum designer for the electronic music class. He also played with many of the instrumental ensembles at the University. While a master's student in Indiana, he was the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Elaine Lillios for the Music Technology classes, and he also served as the Technology Studios Supervisor.

Trained as a trumpet player and pianist, he performs with and writes music for a variety of chamber ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, wind bands, choirs, and experimental ensembles. His prizes and honors include First Place Co-winner of the 2008 International Society of Bassist’s Composition Competition (media division) and First Place Winner of the 2008 Society of Composers Inc (SCI) Region VII Student Composition Competition. His work has been selected for performance at the 2010 SEAMUS National Conference, GAMMA-UT New Music Festival at UT-Austin, the 2010 Hawaii Contrabass Festival, International Double Reed Society 2010 Conference and The New Music Hartford Four Seasons Concert Series.

In 2007, Taylor received an Honorable Mention in the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Student Creative Arts Composition Contest, and in 2009, he was the first place winner of the Contest. In 2008, he received two grants from BYU's Laycock Center in order to compose new works for the Chamber Orchestra and the jazz band Synthesis. That year, he also received the ASCAPLUS Award from the ASCAP, which recognized active composers in the early stage of their careers. He was an ORCA Grant Recipient in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

In 2009, he was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant that enabled him to premier his composition FE 26 at the International Society of Bassists biannual convention in State College, PA. There he was selected as the co-winner in the Media Division of the 2008 International Society of Bassists David Walter Composition Competition. In 2015, Taylor was awarded a 2016 LDS Barlow Commission for music composition.

He is a member of the Society of Composers, Incorporated (SCI), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), Promusica, and Praecepta (SCI Chapter of Bowling Green State University).

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