Doreen Taylor-Claxton is one of those fluid performers, working as a soloist, actor, chamber musician and music director, moving easily from one genre to the next. She has worked with NAC Pops Orchestra; Guys and Dolls (Agatha), Bear & Co.; The Tempest (Alonzo), Easy Street Productions; Up to Low (Poor Bridget), The Ottawa Stilt Union; Searching for Snails (Marvin the Flightless Bird), Odyssey Theatre; Arms and the Man (Catherine Petkoff), Deluxe Hot Sauce; SKIN (ensemble), The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; A Grand Night for Singing (Lynn), Jesus my Boy (musician), The Taming of the Shrew (Widow), Measure for Measure (Francesca), Upper Canada Playhouse; Seaway Story (Sue), ThirdWall Theatre; Medea (Creon), Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artists; Magic Flute (Pamina). She is a founding member of the theatre collective Deluxe Hot Sauce.
As a music director, she has a knack for reducing complex music down to its simplest terms. This skill makes her particularly effective in helping actors confidently create and execute complex musical structures. She has worked as a music director for NAC English Theatre, ThirdWall Theatre, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and A Company of Fools.
Praised by critics for her “exquisite singing” and welcomed by audiences for her emotional commitment to performance, soprano Doreen Taylor-Claxton has been heard in recital for CBC Radio; Jeunes Artistes, Artscape and Classical Encounters. She has been a featured soloist with The University of Ottawa Orchestra; Mozart Requiem, The Strings of St. John’s; Mendelssohn Elijah (Widow), The Toronto Sinfonietta; Through the Roof of my Heart, and The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra; Duke Ellington – The Sacred Concerts.
Taylor-Claxton is an avid supporter of interdisciplinary creation. Her work promoting art song collaborations, resulted in the recording HAIL and the recital Elemental Voices which was subsequently featured by: The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival; Vocalypse Productions, Halifax and Festival Antigonish.
Her discography includes: CanSona Arts Media; Imprints: Music by Colin Mack (2009), HAIL: Canadian Art Song, (2006), University of Ottawa Press; Inspiration 4, (2006), Independent Release; The Spinning Wheel, (2004).
Doreen teaches privately and for the Performing Arts Program at Algonquin College.