Ten years after meeting Mr. Taylor, I still view him as a mentor and a great inspiration, and I am proud to say that- with his help- I am indeed now pursuing an international career as a singer.
— Lawson Anderson, bass baritone
James with students at Virginia Commonwealth University.

James with students at Virginia Commonwealth University.

James with students at the University of Virginia.

James with students at the University of Virginia.

What we do:

We build voices. As any home or great building, a voice needs a solid foundation to weather the storms of life and to be able to grow artistically. A good solid technique is that foundation and we work to build confidence and the ability to overcome any obstacle.

What we offer:

Located in historic Bon Air, Virginia, James Taylor Studios is a voice studio offering private and theatre voice lessons in classical, musical theatre, jazz, and pop styles. We also provide consultation in repertoire choices that will allow the singer to show their best at auditions, as well as help choose monologues and song rep that are compatible and create a better package for the aspiring actor.

At the studio, located in James' home, we provide a waiting room and plenty of free parking. We are also available to come to you. 

We are available to do lessons via Skype. However, if you wish to take advantage of this option we ask you please notify James Taylor prior to scheduling your lesson. 


Student work

Lawson anderson

Lawson just signed with Zemsky/Green Agency, and just returned from singing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro in Berlin, and sang the title role in Don Giovanni with Cleveland Opera in the Spring.  He is currently a national finalist for the Lyric Opera Center, and is again in Germany performing. Lawson was just named the winner of the George London Foundation's Kirsten Flagstaff Award for Wagnerian Singers for 2018! 


Martha eason

Martha is currently competing in the Queen Elizabeth and the Meistersinger Competitions, and just made her debuts as Papagena in Die Zauberflote with the Opera Comique in Paris, and in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Komisher Oper in Berlin. She debuted as Ophelia in a new production of Hamlet with Glyndebourne, and is preparing to debut as Blondechen in Mozart's Die Entfuhrung as den Serail with the Danish National Opera. She will be  a member of the Ensemble at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in the 2018-2019 Season!


Melanie Ashkar

Melanie made her debut with NYCO this past spring and is a young artist with Utah Opera. She worked with Arthur Levy at Mannes School of Music, and most recently created the role of Jons in a concert performance of a new opera, The Seventh Seal, taken from Ingmar Berman's film. 

 


NATALIE PRASS

Natalie has just released her second Album, The Future and the Past, and has just completed two European promotional tours, and a US tour, culminating with a performance of her new hit single, Lost, on the syndicated TBS talk show Conan.


MARK WATSON WILLIAMS

Mark just finished his first year as a member of the Ensemble for Landestheater Niederbayern, where he sang lead roles in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier,  and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.  He returns to Landestheater Niederbayern for the 2018-2019 Season.