Pianist and vocal coach Taylor Hutchinson is currently based in Kirksville, Missouri where she is the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Truman State University. A versatile musician fluent in many genres, Dr. Hutchinson frequently appears with both singers and instrumentalists, in repertoire ranging from Baroque opera to contemporary chamber music and musical theater. Her international career has included performances in the Czech Republic, France, and Germany.
An avid pianist of vocal music and opera, Hutchinson is currently on faculty with the Prague Summer Nights Festival as a vocal coach and the music director of Opera at Truman. She has also performed and coached for the Bay View Music Festival, Musiktheater Bavaria, the Druid City Opera Workshop, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy. She was the music director and pianist for Mozart’s Così fan tutte for the Rochester-based initiative Midsummer Night Opera. In summer 2016 she attended SongFest in Los Angeles, where she worked with collaborative pianists Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Roger Vignoles. She made her NPR debut as a fellow at SongFest’s inaugural Hidden Valley Winter Institute in January 2017 under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. Hutchinson's love of art song motivated her doctoral dissertation on Guy Ropartz's Quatre Poèmes après l'Intermezzo d'Henri Heine, which explores the connections between poetry and music, and how translation and poetic structure affects perception.
Hutchinson received her DMA in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University, where she was on staff with ASU Music Theatre and Opera. She completed her Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech, earning bachelor’s degrees in both Piano Performance and Mathematics. Her primary teachers include Andrew Campbell, Jean Barr, and Tracy Cowden.