#MeettheJudges Districts 2018


Equally at home in the pit conducting a repertoire of over 50 operas and musicals, on the stage accompanying some of the world's pre-eminent vocalists or appearing in the country’s top cabaret venues, TED TAYLOR enjoys a varied international career. As pianist he has appeared in many recitals with stars Kathleen Battle, Sylvia McNair, Ben Heppner and Christine Schäfer.

Mr, Taylor’s most recent cd release, Sylvia McNair’s SUBJECT TO CHANGE, received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine.

Maestro Taylor has served on the conducting staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago and has conducted performances for New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Mobile (AL) Opera, where he was Music Director for eight seasons. Formerly Music Director for the New York City Opera National Company, in his earliest years he was coach for Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theater of Saint Louis, among others.

Mo. Taylor has also conducted performances for such prestigious music schools as Indiana University, where he completed his graduate studies in conducting, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

For four years, Mr. Taylor coached and played the Met National Council Finals in New York City, so he brings a wealth of first-hand experience to his duties as adjudicator. He currently serves as music director for San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto, going into its 5th season in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Mr. Taylor’s most recent cd release, Sylvia McNair’s SUBJECT TO CHANGE, received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he is currently in his fourteenth year on the faculty of Yale University and his twenty-first at Mannes College THE NEW SCHOOL For Music in New York. Mr. Taylor maintains an active studio as teacher and coach in Manhattan, where he sees singers and pianists from around the world.


Paul Hopper serves as Associate Artistic Administrator at The Metropolitan Opera where he oversees the casting of covers and supporting roles for roughly twenty-five productions per season. Previously, he was the Assistant Artistic Director at Houston Grand Opera where he assisted in long term artistic planning and casting, managed special artistic initiatives, and guided a variety of audiences in learning more about opera, including numerous events in support of the company’s first Ring Cycle. As principal dramaturg for the company he worked closely with composers and librettists in the commissioning and development of new works and oversaw the supertitles for all productions. Passionate about redefining the perception of what opera is capable of achieving, Paul forged new working relationships with Houston Methodist Hospital, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rothko Chapel, and the Women’s Home. He has been a guest speaker at the OPERA America Conference, University of Houston, Houston Seminar, Czech Center Houston, and the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston, he previously held positions at the Santa Fe Opera and ADA Artist Management.


Scott Guzielek is Director of Artistic Operations at the Palm Beach Opera where he is responsible for all aspects of artistic planning including the oversight and direction of the Young Artist Program. For seven seasons he was Artistic Administrator of Washington National Opera working directly with General Director Plácido Domingo. He was selected by Opera America to be part of the Leadership Intensive 2012. He has frequently judged the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, along with the Stella Maris Competition, Opera Birmingham Opera Competition, Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition, Giargiari Competition at AVA, and as a judge for the National PTA Reflections Competition. He has presented masterclasses at The Plaza Theater, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and the Miami Summer Music Festival. He recently joined the faculty of the newly formed Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C. Originally from Johnstown, New York, he received a B.A. with honors in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2001 and a M.A. with distinction in Arts Management from American University in 2004. He was a baritone soloist at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and was a singer, soloist, and board president of the Thomas Circle Singers in Washington, D.C.