Taylor Davis, Class of 2003

Taylor Davis is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. A 2003 graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, Taylor earned a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree while studying conducting with Dr. Julia Brasher Thorn, as well as intensive courses with Dr. Sandra Willets, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, Paul Oakley, Alice Parker, and Jane Marshall. He has also studied composition with Dr. Eric McIntyre, Ms. Parker, and Ms. Marshall. In 2004, he became a Fellow of Melodious Accord.

Taylor has received commissions from a wide variety of groups. His music has been performed throughout the US, Europe, South America, and South Africa, as well as by the Grammy-nominated group Conspirare.

Born in Dallas, raised in Houston, Taylor graduated from Stratford High School in Houston, TX, and from Centenary College of Louisiana as a . . . (wait for it) ‘distinguished alumnus.”

As the son of a well-known church musician, Taylor says he was an apprentice for the first 22 years of his life: “It’s what I was raised to do.”

When it comes to leading FUMC music, Taylor is quick to say that while it’s the congregation that is the most important choir — every Sunday, he genuinely loves best the rehearsal process — the camaraderie, the fellowship, the challenges, and the polishing that all occur simultaneously in working with the FUMC choirs.
In his spare time, Taylor loves to write, gets really into sports (which, he adds, being from Houston, has its ups and downs), and he loves cooking.

He lives in Fort Worth with Rupert, a 9-year-old English bulldog with, he says, a limited skillset that includes sleeping and eating and being awesome.