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Meet the New Gospel Choir Director – Kwamise Taylor

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Olivet College is pleased to welcome its new gospel choir director, Kwamise Taylor. Professor Taylor officially joined the OC family on July 1, 2022.

Professor Taylor is an experienced professional in the world of music. She currently serves as a choral director for New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit and has been in this position for 21 years. In past years she has held the title of a piano instructor for Expressions Music Academy in Novi, choral director for North Farmington High School, assistant director of music for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, assistant conductor for Oakland University Chorus, and founder and artistic director for Detroit Metropolitan Youth Ensembles.

Professor Taylor received her Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University, then later received her Master of Music from Oakland University. She is projected to complete her Doctor of Philosophy from Oakland University in 2023.

“Music is life and breath to me. It is a constant companion, an accompaniment to all my life’s experiences. Music has sustained me during some of my lowest moments and enhanced those moments of celebration. I cannot remember a time where music, in some form, was not part of my life,” said Professor Taylor.

It is that love of music that brought Professor Taylor to Olivet College. “I have found Olivet to be a warm and inviting place. The people I have met are friendly and supportive, and I resonate with that. I find value and appreciation amongst a group of like-minded people,” she said.

As the gospel choir director, Taylor will be responsible for leading the gospel choir into a successful year, and helping with recruitment events and activities.

“I am most excited about having the opportunity to create amazing music with a group of students that are passionate about singing, and through using collective gifts, we can transform the lives of others as well as ourselves. Music has the ability to lift the bowed down head, heal the broken hearted, make a path for the lost, give strength to the weak and build confidence in the meek. I am excited for the journey ahead,” said Taylor.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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