North Carolina
Bandmasters
Association


Sylvia Dawn Taylor



Sylvia Dawn Taylor received the gift of life Sept. 1, 1954, and the gift of eternal life Saturday, May 10, 2014. Born in Elizabethtown and educated in the Bladen County School System, she was a member of the first graduating class of East Bladen High School in 1972. In 1976, she received a Bachelor of Music in Applied Clarinet and a Bachelor of Music Education from Mars Hill College. Dawn was a member of the Mars Hill College Choir and was Student Conductor her senior year. She was a piano accompanist for student recitals and was a member of the Brevard Music Center Staff in 1975. She was also a member of the Hendersonville symphony orchestra, and in 1976 received the John Crisp Medal which is awarded to the outstanding music major. From Mars Hill, she attended Michigan State University where she received a Master of Music in 1978. She was a clarinet student of Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and a conducting student of Kenneth Bloomquist. She was also a conducting student of Dr. William Revelli at the University of Michigan. After completing her education, she began her career as a teacher. Her first position was at Burns Jr. and Sr. High Schools in Lawndale, where she was the associate band director. From there she transferred to Charlotte-Mecklenburg where she was the director of bands at Northeast Middle School and J.M. Alexander Middle School. Her bands were consistently awarded superior and excellent ratings at contests throughout her career. She also taught fifth grade bands at seven different schools in the north area of Charlotte for two years. Dawn was affiliated with several professional organizations: A.S.B.D.A., N.A.F.M.E., N.C.B.D.A., and S.C.B.D.A. She was awarded the N.C. Stanbury Award, the Southeastern U.S. recipient for the Stanbury Award, and was named as Outstanding Personalities of the South, Outstanding Women of America, and was a member of Delta  Omicron. She performed as a freelance artist on clarinet as a singer, pianist, clinician, band adjudicator, member of the Charlotte Oratorio Singers and The Chamber Ensemble of The Oratorio Singers. Following her retirement she taught at Cannon School in Concord. Dawn commissioned works for her bands composed by Dr. Francis McBeth, John Zedechlik, Jared Spears, Dr. Robert Palmer and Mekel Rogers. Dawn is survived by her brother, Reid Taylor and wife, Rebecca, of Waynesville. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Byron and Kate Taylor and a sister, Joy Taylor. She attended Central United Methodist Church in Concord, where she was a member of the chancel choir. A very special word of gratitude is extended to Dr. Jerome Nymberg not only an outstanding physician but her friend who always supported her and consistently went the "extra mile". To Amy Beaver, Parish Nurse, advocate and friend in Christ, that walked this journey steadfastly. Dawn offers thanksgiving for her loving compassionate services. Much gratitude is expressed to the staff of the Hospice House, Bayada, Avenues, and Dr. Chris Connelly. To her dear friend Pam Espinosa, there are not enough words to express what her friendship meant to Dawn prior to, and during her illness. Pam was a fierce advocate always seeking the utmost level of competent caring professionals on her behalf. Her brother Reid, with his wife Rebecca at his side, was her rock and fortress. No sister has ever possessed a treasure as valuable as he was to Dawn. Rebecca's sacrifice of time and the many miles traveled with Reid to make her journey from this life to the next as peaceful as possible, were exceeding great expressions of love for Dawn and Reid. No flowers please, if you wish, you may make donations to the Holy Angels of North Carolina of Belmont, P.O. Box 710 Belmont, NC 28012-0710 or the charity of your choice.