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Tyler Taylor – Composer | Davis Hale – Lead Commissioner

JOINING PERIOD: MAY 1, 2024 - JULY 1, 2024




Tyler Taylor is a composer, performer, and teaching artist based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Tyler has become an ardent advocate for the inclusion of saxophones in contemporary symphonic literature. Notable examples of such pieces include his "Revisions" for Large Symphony Orchestra and Saxophones and "Distill" for 18 players.

His work has recently been acknowledged by the Copland House Residency Award and the I-Park Foundation Residency Program.  

Tyler looks forward to exploring the expressive, dynamic, and technical capabilities of the saxophone in this exciting collaboration with Davis Hale.


Lead Commissioner

Davis Hale is a saxophonist and educator based in Kansas City. Currently pursuing an Artist Certificate in Saxophone Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Davis previously completed degrees at Illinois State University and the University of Louisville as well as studies at the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France. His primary teachers include Zach Shaman, Geoffrey Landman, Paul Nolan, Adam McCord, and Ron Jones. 

As a soloist, Davis has won first prize at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Young Artist Competition and was the winner of the concerto competition at Illinois State University, the University of Louisville, and the Youth Performing Arts School. He has presented at past North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences as well as at previous Navy Band Saxophone Symposiums. He performs regularly throughout the Kansas City and Louisville metro areas, presenting programs that promote living composers. 

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Tyler has taken a special interest in the saxophone as an instrument with exceptional expressive and technical capabilities. Several of his recent pieces explore the juxtaposition of lyric, vocal, and expressive writing with more virtuosic and florid textures. 

The piece will be 9-12 minutes in duration and will feature an ornate, vocal style inspired by the vocal decorations commonly used in popular styles of music from the late 90's and early 2000's. I interpret this inspiration as a free and at times indulgent approach to gesture and rhythm and with heavily decorated and emotionally charged lines. The result will be an abstract, somewhat nostalgic, emotive piece with plenty of opportunities to showcase depth of expression.

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