CURRENT STUDENT PROFILE
Jacob Taylor is a doctoral candidate studying the organ with David Higgs. Jacob is the Assistant Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, IN, where he assists with the intergenerational choir and choir school program. Highlights from the 2018-2019 year included a festival evensong with guest conductor Martin Neary, a treble festival at St. James Cathedral in Chicago with Bruce Neswick and Stephen Buzard, and a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion by the St. Paul’s choir.
Previously, Jacob served as the Utech Fellow of Sacred Music at Eastman for which he helped organize the first Utech Hymnody Symposium and Festival (2017), an event dedicated to furthering the promotion and study of hymnody. He has taught aural skills and music theory as an associate instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and as a teaching assistant at Eastman. He has privately taught beginning piano lessons and currently helps train the choristers of St. Paul’s in musical skills and liturgical knowledge, following the model of the Royal School of Church Music training program Voice for Life.
Jacob is a winner of the Pogorzelski Yankee Memorial Scholarship awarded by the American Guild of Organists. He has been broadcast on the radio program PipeDreams Live! He has also performed as part of the Eastman Bunch on the theatre organ.
Jacob earned a master’s degree in organ from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a bachelor’s degree in organ from Wheaton College (IL). He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Organ Historical Society. In his free time, Jacob enjoys jogging, exploring Indianapolis, and playing Euchre.