Mrs. Laura Taylor
Ms. Taylor is the KIPP SHARP College Prep Lower School founding music teacher and founding director of the KIPP SHARP Singers. With over 20 years of experience directing childrens’ choirs and working with young children in early music development Ms. Taylor has directed childrens’ choirs at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, in Houston, Texas, where a thriving and dynamic childrens’ music program includes a yearly performance schedule along with two major musicals a year.
Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College and a Master of Arts degree from New York University. Ms. Taylor also pursued doctoral studies at Rice University and has obtained certification in Kodaly and Orff elementary music workshops. Ms. Taylor is an active member in Gulf Coast Orff Association, Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association.
Prior to teaching, Ms. Taylor sang first soprano with the New York Choral Society where she sang numerous concerts in Carnegie Hall including the always-popular holiday concerts with Peter, Paul and Mary. Additionally, Ms. Taylor sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus and performed with the chorus on a tour of Austria and Germany, most notably attending the Graz Summer Musical Festival.