Marilyn Taylor

Voice faculty Marilyn Taylor believes that some physical truths about singing are immutable. Some must be absorbed to a degree by every singer; but how those truths are shaped for you, the path that enables you to use your body as an instrument to convey the heart of the matter—that's what she tries to unearth in each individual.

It’s a journey, not a destination.


  • Student successes include placements at the Metropolitan Opera, Ryan Opera Center Chicago, music festivals including Chautauqua, the Operalia competition, admission and scholarship for high school students to Boston University, a Kenan scholar at Chapel Hill and assistantships/scholarships for graduating seniors to University of Maryland, SFC, Northwestern, Florida State, Indiana University at Bloomington and more

Career Highlights

  • Singing the trio in "Rosenkavalier," Pamina, Nannetta- Governess in Britten’s "Turn of the Screw"
  • Collaborations with composers Ken Frazelle and Lawrence Dillon
  • Beethoven "Symphony No. 9," IU and various professional symphonies
  • Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion," Bonn, Germany
  • Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady"
  • Teaching in the Fletcher Opera Program and watching the program change lives

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Beverly Sills Award, Piedmont Opera, 2012
  • UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • UNCSA Award for Excellence in Teaching   
  • George London Grant
  • Career Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women
  • Honorable Mention, Cincinnati, Regional Metropolitan Opera National Auditions


  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Phi Kappa Lambda


D.M. Vocal PerformanceIndiana University

M.M. Vocal PerformanceUniversity of Louisville

B.M.E. Vocal PerformanceUniversity of Louisville