M. Ryan Taylor writes music for children, choirs, brass ensembles, opera companies and for himself. He has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Composition. Both degrees were earned at BYU. Taylor has performed in thousands of choral, band, orchestral, operatic and music theatre productions. His opera, "Abinadi," was performed by BYU opera in 2003 (he played the role of King Noah in one of the casts). The opera was taped and has been broadcast on BYUTV (satelite station) many times. Current projects include choir music at http://choirworks.com, holiday songbooks & CDs at http://songtonic.com, music for the Utah Premiere Brass, a song cycle for Tenor Lawrence Vincent and work on a new chamber opera, an adaption of "The Other Wise Man."
I've done all kinds of music, orchestral, chamber, band, opera, choral. I've actually performed in all of these genres at some point in my life. My main focuses now include choral music, chamber opera and children's music.
Yes, I've actually performed live in thousands of concerts.
I'd have to say I've been influenced by everything that's crossed my path. Teachers have been a major influence, but also bands, composers, friends, MTV (back when they used to play music and the word 'alternative' really meant unusual).
I use Gigastudio, Sonar 5 Producer and Finale.