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Mr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

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Founder and Artistic Director

Phone: (416) ***-****  
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale
40 Baycrest Avenue
Toronto , Ontario M6A 1W1

Company Description: The Nathaniel Dett Chorale was founded to celebrate the work and spirit of African-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett and is Canada's first professional choral...   more

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  • Founder
    The Chorale
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Our featured choral clinician will be ..., 24 Mar 2015 [cached]
Our featured choral clinician will be Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founder and Artistic Director of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in Toronto, ON, which focuses on Afrocentric music.
Choral Clinician - Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
Founder and Artistic Director of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Toronto, Canada
Picture of Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is a choral conductor, educator, church musician (born 1954 in Trinidad). Blyden-Taylor was among the first to encourage the study and dissemination of Afrocentric music in Canada and the US. His passion for educating has led to frequent appearances as a clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and workshop leader, extending to the University of Toronto and Queen's University. In 1998, Blyden-Taylor founded The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and has remained its conductor and artistic director. As a guest conductor with the choir, he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Internationally, Blyden-Taylor has been invited to the USA, Cuba, France, Japan, Turkey, and Israel. His recordings on the Marquis Classics label include Listen to the Lambs (2002); An Indigo Christmas (2003); Nguzo Saba(iN Dett ed Records, 2010) and the DVDs An Indigo Christmas Live (2004) and Carry me Home - The Story of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale winner of a 2003 Gemini award. In addition to his work with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Blyden-Taylor has maintained the position of Music Director at St. Timothy's Anglican Church, North Toronto. He will rehearse the conference choir on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and conduct our Sunday presentation.
All conference attendees are eligible to sing in the conference choir that rehearses Thursday, Friday and Saturday with our choral clinician, Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor.
Saint Timothy’s Church - Clergy & Staff, 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
Our Choir Director: Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor has led choirs since his teen years and is well known in the Toronto area for his work with church choirs, school boards, and as founder and musical director of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.
Nathaniel Dett Chorale - Bio, 26 June 2012 [cached]
A note from Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, founder/artistic director
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder/Artistic Director and Conductor of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a new Canadian professional chamber choir, which began in 1998 and is dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles (incl.: classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz and blues).
2014 Headlining Choirs | North Central Division American Choral Directors Association, 31 Mar 2014 [cached]
??Founder Brainerd Blyden-Taylor named the Chorale after internationally renowned African-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), who performed at prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall.
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Nathaiel Dett Chorale. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Blyden-Taylor immigrated to Canada in 1973. He founded the Chorale in 1998 in response to a musical void in Canada. Blyden-Taylor has conducted several university, youth, and concert choirs, most notably completing a twenty-five year tenure with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. He works frequently as a guest conductor, having appeared with organizations such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Nova Scotia Youth Choir, Ontario Youth Choir, Central Manitoba Youth Choir, and the New Brunswick Choral Federation Youth Sing. He has also worked as artistic director and advisor for the Algoma Festival Choir, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, and the Chatham-Kent Roots Festival. Blyden-Taylor has taught on the faculties of music at the University of Toronto and Queen's University. He is a master teacher with the Toronto Board of Education, coaching teachers and students in conducting and choral technique, and was recently awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in Toronto. Blyden-Taylor is in constant demand as a clinician, adjudicator and lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition, Blyden-Taylor is an active church musician, serving currently as music director of St. Timothy's Anglican Church, North Toronto.
Festival Singers, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, 12 Feb 2011 [cached]
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the Artistic Director of the Chorale, led the workshop.
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