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Deborah and Karlton Taylor


Deborah and Karlton Taylor are one of several married couples in the DPO.

Unlike the others, they began courting before and after Orchestra rehearsals. Karl joined the Orchestra in 1968 while still a student at Vandalia-Butler High School and a long-time student of Paul Katz. Karl attended Miami University at Oxford where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance in 1975.

His violin teacher during his college years was Adon Foster, former Concertmaster of the Orchestra. Karl has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic String Quintet since its inception in 1976 and has been affiliated with the Dayton Opera since 1968.

From 1985 to 1987, Karl attended the University of New Hampshire summer Violin Craftsmanship Institute and studied bow making and maintenance/repair with master craftsmen William Salchow and Arnold Bone.

He has also performed with the Middletown; Hamilton-Fairfield; Charleston, WV; and Richmond, IN Symphonies and the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Since 1988, both he and Debbie have performed in the summer with the Lakeside Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

His Taylor Bow Shop makes, repairs, and restores bows in the fine French tradition of hand workmanship. Debbie has been the Orchestra’s Principal Double Bass since 1986 and a member of the section since 1977. She was raised in Hays, Kansas, and earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Music Education (magna cum laude) and Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University.

After teaching second grade and string music to grades 4 through 12 in Kansas and Idaho, she earned a Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 1979.

Debbie has served as an adjunct instructor on the faculties of CCM (1979–1995) and Wright State University (1979–1988). She also is a member of the DPO’s String Quintet and SPARK teaching program.

Debbie has been a regular substitute bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops, and Opera since 1978 and has been Principal Double Bass with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra since 1977. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys hand quilting and collecting antique quilts.

She also enjoys reading about English history because of her Welsh/English heritage.

Debbie and Karl are parents of three grown children: twin daughters  Jessica and Rachel and son Adam.

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