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Composer, vocalist and producer M Ryan Taylor is the author of three operas, dozens of choral works, art songs, song cycles and other works. His newest opera, based on George Macdonald’s fairy tale, The Giant’s Heart, will recieve its premiere in the Spring of 2011. Taylor self-produced, directed and performed in his chamber opera, The Other Wise Man, based on the story by Henry Van Dyke, in 2006-7. His first opera, Abinadi, was premiered, filmed and broadcast by Brigham Young University in 2003. Notable song cycle premieres include the Moon Songs (winner of the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Composition Contest) by soprano Heather Chipman and pianist Dwight Bigler, A Light that Shames the Noonday Sun at the BYU 200th birthday celebration of Joseph Smith Jr. by tenor Lawrence Vincent and pianist Scott Holden, and All Heaven and it was One Hour Old (based on the Christmas poetry of Catherine Tynan) by soprano Venicia Wilson and pianist Lynn Jemison-Keisker. Taylor has performed leading roles in Cosi Fan Tutti, Tartuffe, The Merry Wives of Windsor, as well as his own operas Abinadi and The Other Wise Man. He has also performed a number of musical theater roles, recently including Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose. He was a featured singer at the BYU Aaron Copland 100th Birthday Celebration, has performed-championed the work of other living composers at The Utah Mid-winter Song Festival and concerts of The Salty Cricket Composers Collective. Taylor is the co-founder of the Salty Cricket Com