Taylor Cole, originally from Wilmette, Illinois, is currently completing a Masters in Music Education student at Northwestern University. Taylor has played the piano for 19 years, the oboe for 16 years, and sung in choirs for as long as he can remember.
Prior to attending Northwestern, Taylor taught music and film studies at Kimball Union Academy, a private boarding school in Meriden, New Hampshire, from the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2015. Musically, Taylor taught group classes in piano, guitar, and music technology, as well as arranging for and conducting the school’s “Classical Ensemble,” an instrumental group that doubled in size during Taylor’s time with them. At Kimball Union, Taylor also developed cross-curricular electives in film studies—leading high school students through a survey of contemporary Iranian cinema, and American films dealing with the 2008 financial crisis. Outside the class day, Taylor coached Mountain Biking and Road Cycling, and did musical direction for three musical theater productions—culminating in a musical tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to northern and central India in March of 2015. Additionally, Taylor was an adviser, dorm parent, with weekly supervisory and guidance duties for a dormitory of 40 high school boys.
Before teaching at Kimball Union, Taylor attended Skidmore College, graduating in 2012 having earned a Bachelor of Arts in music. There, he also played oboe in the Skidmore College Orchestra, studied piano with Pola Baytelman, and sang baritone/bass in the college Chorus and Vocal Ensemble, where he served as the choral assistant during his senior year. Growing up in Wilmette, Taylor attended New Trier High School, playing oboe in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.
During the summer, Taylor is the Boys Program Director at Camp Mishawaka in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He has held that position for three years, and has been on staff there for seven. In addition to scheduling all daily activities, Taylor runs small music and theater programs at camp.
Taylor has a cat named Lolita, who appears at the top of pages on this website. As you have no doubt figured out, she is the cutest of patooties.