Paige Taylor, soprano, holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music. Mrs. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree, manga cum laude, through the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she taught general music and chorus to grades K-6 in the Ware Public Schools. She then taught Middle and High School chorus and piano in the Mashpee Public School District, and Middle School General Music in Belmont. Additionally, she directed the summer chorus program for Cape Cod Conservatory’s “Summer Sounds” program at both the Falmouth and West Barnstable campuses. Mrs. Taylor was named a New England Scholar in 2010, and is a recipient of musical scholarships from both The University of Connecticut and The Longy School of Music.
Mrs. Taylor has previously appeared in concert performing the partial roles of Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Despina (Così fan tutte) with UCONN Opera Workshop, and the full role of Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief) with Longy Opera Workshop. Mrs. Taylor recently joined the vocal faculty at South Shore Conservatory.
Mrs. Taylor has always had a passion for teaching and inspiring students through musical study. Music is something that is accessible to everyone, and that is the foundation for her teaching style. In regards to vocal pedagogy, she encourages each student to utilize a healthy, breath-based technique in order to achieve optimal resonance unique to each voice. Singing is a wonderful way for people to express themselves while learning patience, empathy, and tenacity, skills that can translate to many other areas of life. Students are encouraged to study the anatomy of the larynx and vocal mechanism to better understand how their instrument functions. She has experience preparing students for theater, district, and all-state auditions, and served as the assistant manager and manager for the chorus for the All-Cape and Islands Music Festival.
The FHS Concert Choir is an ensemble open to the entire school population. In addition to performing everything from folk and popular songs to more classical repertoire, students in chorus develop skills relating to basic vocal technique, including proper posture, breathing, relaxation, tone production, and vowel formation. They also spend a significant amount of time developing musical independence through sight-reading exercises using the “movable do” system.
The FHS Repertory Singers are an advanced, mixed-voice chamber group at Falmouth High School. Students in this group audition annually by demonstrating their solo performance, pitch-matching, and sight-reading ability, and they are encouraged to perform at local, district, and state festivals. The group takes pride in performing a diverse range of music from various genres, cultures, and time periods.
Soulfege is a mixed-voice a cappella group that performs music from a variety of genres. Co-founded by students Connor Moulton, Alexa Panepinto, and Dylan Cabral, Soulfege debuted in the spring of 2013, and have since received much praise from the Falmouth community. Soulfege performs in many outreach activities throughout the town. The group rehearses roughly three hours a week during the fall and spring. Auditions for the group are held in September.