Mezzo Soprano Taylor Boykins made her Kennedy Center debut in 2014 as Mrs. Roché in Tony Small’s eco-conscious musical, RUKA. Later that year, she returned to The Kennedy Center as Alexis in the world premiere of Tony Small’s operetta Qadar with opera luminary Denyce Graves as Artistic Director.
Among her work with contemporary composers, she has co-commissioned and, in summer of 2016, will perform in the world premiere of Joshua Armenta’s Sháá Áko Dahjiníleh: Remember What They Told Us—with Baltimore’s Charm City Collegium, led by Blair Skinner. In 2015, Ms. Boykins performed in the cast of the world premiere of Frances Pollock’s opera, STINNEY, in Baltimore; she covered the lead role as well.
Also in demand to sing traditional repertoire, Ms. Boykins will make her debut with one of Baltimore's newest chamber orchestras, Symphony Number One, led by Jordan Randal Smith in autumn of 2016; she'll be performing as the alto soloist in Mahler's, Das Lied von der Erde. In July of 2015, Ms. Boykins performed works by Bizet, Montsalvatge, Schubert, Offenbach and Rossini at the Waterford Foundation in Virginia. In 2014, she sang the role of Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmelites, produced by the Peabody Opera Theatre at the Modell Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.
Ms. Boykins additionally seeks out opportunities to share music with diverse audiences. In Baltimore, she has volunteered to perform at Basilica Place Senior Living and regularly puts together casual performances of eclectic repertoire at Koffee Therapy, coffee shop.
Ms. Boykins earned the Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a protégé of Denyce Graves. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University as a student of contralto, Nadine Washington.