Doreen TAYLOR CLAXTON
Doreen TAYLOR CLAXTON
Coordinator of Aural Skills and Part-time Professor
Soprano Doreen Taylor-Claxton has been heard in recital for CBC Radio; Jeunes Artistes, Artscape and Classical Encounters. She has been a featured soloist with The University of Ottawa Orchestra; Mozart Requiem, The Strings of St. John’s, Elijah (Widow), The Toronto Sinfonietta; Through the Roof of my Heart, (premiere) and The Impressions in Jazz Orchestra; Duke Ellington - The Sacred Concerts. Her discography includes Imprints: Music by Colin Mack, CanSona Arts Media, (2009) HAIL: Canadian Art Song, CanSona Arts Media (2006) Inspiration 4, University of Ottawa Press (2006). She was a first place finalist in the Canadian Music Competitions 1997.
Selected acting credits include: NAC English Theatre; Up to Low, (Poor Bridget) NAC Pops Orchestra; Guys and Dolls, (Agatha) Odyssey Theatre; Arms and the Man, (Catherine Petkoff) Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artists; Magic Flute, (Pamina) The Ottawa Stilt Union; Searching for Snails, Bear & Co.; Macbeth, The Tempest.
Research creation projects include:
- EVE (working title): a theatricalization of Gabriel Fauré’s Chanson d’ Ève using devised theatre techniques to create a modern narrative in counterpoint to the themes embedded in Fauré’s work.
- In Need of Song Collaborations (2002-2010) which resulted in five successful collaborative partnerships. She premiered the works produced from these partnerships at festivals in Canada and the U.S. and recorded them on the CD HAIL: Canadian Art Song in partnership with CanSona Arts Media. Deluxe Hot Sauce, a theatre collective committed to voicing the complexity of women’s lives and choices.
- Deluxe Hot Sauce (2007-2013) created a “musically-infused, movement-rich” aesthetic that integrated various artistic disciplines and modes of story telling. Its productions of Medea (2007) and SKIN (2013) were nominated for Rideau Awards.
She has worked as a music director for NAC English Theatre, ThirdWall Theatre, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and A Company of Fools. Doreen teaches for the University of Ottawa School of Music and Theatre Department.