“Pocket-Mezzo” and “Fun-sized” are just a couple of nicknames she’s acquired by those who love her. But if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “big things come in small packages” then you have an idea of what you’ll get once you meet— and hear— Taylor Hillary Boykins. Taylor 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.
Taylor began the 2018-2019 season in recital with Thrive Music Live, followed by an appearance with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church as alto soloist for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem. 2019 started with a bang; she was in collaboration with local chamber favorites Bedlam Brass, Mind on Fire, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the Dan Deacon Pulse show at the Meyerhoff. In spring, she was featured for a second time with the Maryland Choral Society, she was a national finalist in The American Prize Competition for the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice: Women in Opera and she continued serving as an ambassador for Maryland Opera’s Opera-To-Go program. During the 2017-2018 season, Taylor made her West Coast debut as alto soloist with the Gonzaga University University Concert Choir, performing Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time in Spokane, WA. A month later in May, she was a finalist for the 2018 Chicago Oratorio Award. For the 2016-2017 season, Taylor was commissioned to perform An Evening of Opera; a lecture recital covering opera, art song, and a history of black opera singers, held at the University of Toledo in March of 2017. In fall of 2016, she made her debut as alto soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with one of Baltimore's innovative chamber orchestras, Symphony Number One. The year before that, she had a taste of contemporary opera, performing in the world premiere of Frances Pollock’s opera STINNEY. Later that year, Taylor performed in a recital 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. Throughout her time in the Charm City, Taylor has given volunteer performances at Basilica Place Senior Living and she’s performed with Concert Artists of Baltimore and The Walters Art Museum.
Taylor earned her 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 in Rochester, MI as a student of contralto, Nadine Washington.
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News + Events:Fall 2019
Baltimore Concert Opera: Madama Butterfly (chorus)
When: Friday, September 20th @ 7pm | Sunday, September 22nd @ 3pm
Where: Grand Ballroom, The Engineers Club | 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
Admission: Sliding scale. For ticket details, click here.
Hedgelawn Classical Series Presents: Basic Human Emotion, A Recital
Featuring: Taylor Hillary Boykins, mezzo | Aaron Thacker, bass & piano | Maria Scott, piano
When: Sunday, September 29th @ 4pm
Where: The Mainstay | 5753 N Main St, Rock Hall, MD 21661
Admission: $15 | For ticket information, click here.
Mind On Fire: *Andrew Bernstein* Karagoz Theater Company
When: Saturday, October 12th @ 8pm
Where: Lovely Lane United Methodist Church | 2200 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218
In The Stacks: Part 7 | Featuring: Tyrone Page Jr., sax, Taylor Hillary Boykins, mezzo
When: Thursday, October 17th @ 6:30pm
Where: George Peabody Library | 17 E Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, MD 21201
Admission: Free with a suggested donation of $10). For program details, click here
Annapolis Opera: Tosca
When: Friday, November 1st @ 7:30pm | Sunday, November 3rd @ 3pm
Where: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
Admission: For ticket information, click here.