Taylor Brown is currently Principal Double Bass of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Prior to his appointment to the CSO in 2012, Taylor was Principal Double Bass of the Youngstown (OH) Symphony Orchestra, and was a section member of the Canton (OH) and West Virginia Symphonies.
In addition to his orchestral and outreach work with the CSO, Taylor regularly performs with the Pittsburgh and Nashville Symphonies, and appears in concert with Intersection Contemporary Ensemble. He has toured internationally with Barry Manilow, has performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire, and is an active freelance session musician for wide-ranging commercial recording projects.
He serves on the faculty of Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts, and also maintains a private teaching studio in the Chattanooga area comprised of students of all ages and levels. Taylor works regularly with the bassists of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and other area programs and schools, and has given masterclasses in both solo and orchestral performance at Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Duquesne University.
Strongly committed to empowering orchestral musicians and furthering the growth of regional orchestras, Taylor has served as a musicians’ representative on the board of directors of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and as Chair of the CSO’s Orchestra and Negotiation Committees. Currently, he is both a Delegate and Executive Board Member-at-Large of the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA).
Taylor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. His primary teachers were Jeffery Turner and Micah Howard of the Pittsburgh Symphony and John Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
What is your favorite CSO memory?
My first Masterworks concert playing Brahms Symphony #2
Where did you go to school and who did you study with?
Peabody Conservatory-John Hood (Philadelphia Orchestra)
Duquesne University- Jeff Turner and Micah Howard (Pittsburgh Symphony)
What is your favorite Chattanooga hangout?
Tremont Tavern for the burgers
Who is your favorite composer and/or favorite piece?
This changes frequently but the most consistent favorites are:
- Mahler, 6th Symphony
- Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
- Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess