Rachel Taylor is a Glasgow-based pianist, vocalist, teacher and choir leader. Before relocating to Scotland in 2013, Rachel spent twenty years as a professional musician in Chicago, as well as performing throughout the United States and Canada. Rachel performs and teaches in a wide range of genres, including jazz, classical, pop/rock, and musical theatre.
In Chicago, Rachel performed regularly at clubs, restaurants, festivals and for private functions as a solo pianist and with various jazz groups, including her own jazz duo and trio. She has provided music for many wedding ceremonies and receptions, as a pianist and with function bands such as the Standing Room Only Orchestra
. She has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in Canada, and at events/venues such the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicagoís House of Blues, and Chicagoís Shubert (LaSalle Bank) Theatre. Rachel has worked as an accompanist in a variety of settings, including performing regularly with the Chicago Children's Choir
. Rachelís theatre experience includes playing keyboards and singing for the musical Jersey Boys during the two-plus years of its first Chicago run, travelling with the comedy theatre troupe Wavelength, and playing in pit orchestras for local productions. In addition to performing, Rachel maintained a teaching studio, providing music lessons for adults and children, and hosting regular student recitals.
Since moving to Glasgow, Rachel has formed the Scatty Fox
jazz duo with vocalist Outi Smith; this duo has performed at events such as the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In addition to freelancing as a pianist, vocalist and choir leader, Rachel sings with the Glasgow Madrigirls
. Rachel also co-leads a workplace community choir and is assistant conductor for Cathures, an auditioned chamber choir. Rachel teaches piano lessons at her home studio in Dumbarton, as well as working with students further afield via video-conferencing software.
Rachel Taylor holds a 4-year Bachelor of Music with Honour (2000) with a concentration in Jazz Studies, and a 2-year Master of Music with Distinction (2003) with a concentration in Jazz Performance, both from DePaul University, Chicago. She earned an MA with Distinction in Creative and Cultural Business from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014 and has been pursuing choral conductor training through Sing for Pleasure since 2013. Rachel is a current member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and a past member of the American Federation of Musicians.