Oboist Taylor Crawford is a musician, teacher, and reed-maker in the Southern Nevada community. She performs regularly with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, UNLV Early Music Ensemble, and David Perrico's Pop Symphonic. She is also a founding member of Black Fire Duo and a local wind quintet.
Taylor has been teaching since 2013. Her primary goal is to create a fun and safe environment in which students can learn, explore, and foster a lifelong love of music. She is a body mapping affiliate, and as such, approaches music-making from an active, athletic standpoint so that students can play with natural ease and without injury. As a scholar, Taylor also incorporates music theory and history in her lessons for a well-rounded learning experience.
In the past, Taylor has served as the principal oboist of the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, UNLV Chamber Orchestra, Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra, Kansas State University Wind Ensemble, and the Heart of America Band. She has also performed with the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Topeka Symphony, Flint Hills Messiah Chorus, First United Methodist Church of Manhattan Orchestra, University of New South Wales Orchestra, and the Hutchinson, Manhattan, Junction City, and Abilene Municipal Bands. With these groups, she has participated in performances in Czechia, Australia, Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Taylor holds an Artist Diploma from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, along with both an MM and BM in oboe performance and a BS in geology from Kansas State University. In addition, she has studied at Massey University in New Zealand, University of New South Wales in Australia, and Linnaeus University in Sweden. Her primary teachers include Stephen Caplan, Alyssa Morris, Alison Robuck, Albin Berky, Nora Lewis, and Andréa Banke. Her professional memberships include Sigma Alpha Iota, Music Teachers National Association, Association for Body Mapping Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Kappa, the International Double Reed Society, and the Midwest Double Reed Society. She is the recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor and Ruby Sword of Honor, which is given to a member who has shown strong leadership in the chapter and has fulfilled all of her duties as an officer at the chapter and regional level, respectively.