about Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a musician, arranger, educator, musicologist, and producer based in Southern California. Taylor performs on double bass, bass guitar, viola da gamba, and in various electronic capacities. He is equally at home in classical, folk, popular, jazz, electronic, and early music settings.
Taylor studied viola da gamba with Shanon Zusman, double bass with Denson Angulo, Robert Tueller, and Marshall Hawkins, and bass guitar with Bart Samolis. He studied musicology and historical performance practices with Robert Zappulla and Nancy van Deusen. Music technology mentors include Peter Boyer, Troy Hinckley, and David Taylor.
As a performer, Taylor has held positions with Opera Neo, M3 Trio, Reka Parker Quartet, Windsor Hills Consort, Loma Linda Lyric Symphony, and the Idaho Falls Symphony.
Taylor is on the faculty of Cuyamaca College where he teaches music theory, technology, industry, and performance courses; he also directs the school’s Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. In addition to teaching, Taylor serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department. Former teaching positions include San Bernardino Valley College and the Claremont Community School of Music. He also currently serves as composer/music coordinator with Visionary Dance Theatre.