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Del’Shawn Taylor

Del’Shawn is an award-winning musician, author, educator, and arts equity advocate. As a  soloist, he has won awards from competitions such as American Prize and the Metropolitan  International Music Festival, while making solo debuts on national and international stages. In  January 2023, he premiered the role of George in Tim Hick’s and Kendra Leonard’s new short  opera Water Rising.  

As composer, he has premiered new works within and outside of the U.S. premiered with  numerous organizations and ensembles like the Julius Quartet, the Cincinnati Song Initiative,  Really Spicy Opera, and Babεl to name a few. Del’Shawn had four new art songs premiered at  the Operation Opera Festival at Gonzaga University and a new art song premiered apart of the  Source Song Festival under the tutelage of Libby Larsen and David Evan Thomas. Del’Shawn  was one of ten black composers that was selected to participate in the inaugural NATS  Composer Mentoring Program by Tom Cipullo and Lori Laitman, during which he was mentored  by celebrated composer Juliana Hall. In March 2023, Del’Shawn had his first opera Cook Shack premiered with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with librettist Samiya Bashir through their New  Works Collective. Currently, Del’Shawn was recently commissioned by Experiments in Opera to  write a new opera with librettist Joanie Cunningham that will premiere in 2024. 

As an educator and children’s book author, Del’Shawn passionately works with community arts  organizations to ensure that children regardless of socio-economic background have access to the  transformative power of the arts. He is a board member of Art Song Colorado (program and  finance committee), Inside the Orchestra and serves on the board DEI committees of the South  Bend Symphony Orchestra and Thompson Street Opera Company.