Music Director, Tenor, Educator
As an educator, Taylor has worked with leading schools and non-profits determined to provide meaningful, accessible arts education. He proudly serves on the faculties at Columbia University, Teachers College; The School of The New York Times; and Random Farms Kids' Theater. Taylor has previously been on faculties at the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Broadway Training Center of Westchester, Inside Broadway, Plaza de la Raza, West Creek Academy, and Burbank Unified School District.
Taylor recently received his Master of Arts (MA) in Vocal Pedagogy at Columbia University, where he researched constructivist assessments, studio teacher efficacy in the adolescent voice studio, and studio teacher efficacy. Previously, Taylor received his Professional Diploma (PD) in Opéra from École Normale de Musique de Paris and his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Vocal Performance from The Herb Alpert School of Music at The California Institute of the Arts. Additionally, he was a Young Artist at the International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach. Taylor's primary teachers are Maestro Vladimir Chernov, Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Olga Toporkova, Dr. Tali Tadmor, and Maria Fortuna-Dean.
In 2020, Taylor co-founded Creating for Justice, an initiative that offers artistic and professional services in exchange for donations that directly benefit anti-racist organizations. For more information, please check out www.creatingforjustice.org!
The son of Robert "Chip" Masamitsu (Academy Award Winner, Dances With Wolves, 1991) and Andrea Pugliese (Emmy Award Winner, The Doctors, 2010; five-time nominee), Taylor was fortunate to have been inspired and raised by incredible artists in their Los Angeles home.