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Rowan Taylor collection on Latter-day Saint Los Angeles area music programs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9552

Scope and Contents

Contains materials on Latter-day Saints' music programs in the Los Angeles, California, area, including the Mutual Improvement Association's music festivals, collected by Rowan S. Taylor. Contains conductor and instrumental scores, planning records, programs, letters, clippings, reviews, reports, orchestra rosters, and orchestra scores and parts, meeting minutes and agendas, phonograph records, and other documents. Also includes a collection of black and white photographs from the MIA Inter-Division Quartet Festival in 1963, with an accompanying key listing the photograph captions. The collection contains papers on the Brigham Young University Southern California Symphony, Los Angeles stake music programs, and a Saturday evening concert series run by the East Los Angeles Stake Music Committee. Also includes papers of the Association of Mormon Composers and Performers, of which Taylor served as president, including meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, catalog lists, promotional material, planning documents, musician profiles, clippings, and programs. Collection materials dated 1951-1975.


  • 1951-1975


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in Folder 4 are condition restricted. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. All other materials are open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Rowan S. Taylor was born April 7, 1927. He studied composition at Brigham Young University with notable composers such as Crawford Gates, Leroy Robertson, Lucas Foss and Carl Fuerstner. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University. Taylor taught at Pierce College in Los Angeles for thirty-nine years. Throughout his career he composed 256 symphonies, 46 concertos, 2,502 songs, and 250 chamber works. Other compositions include operas, choral works, ballets, and solo works. He conducted many symphonies, choirs, bands, and orchestras, with his works performed on six continents. Taylor received many honors such as international man of the year, outstanding man of the century, Who's Who of the Year, and is known as the most prolific symphonist. Taylor chaired the Los Angeles Music Festival, an MIA area music festival sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1972, while serving as the president of the Association of Mormon Composers and Performers. Rowan Taylor died September 7, 2005.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

3 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Priscilla Taylor in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donate; Priscilla Taylor; 2022.

Related Materials

See also Rowan Taylor scores (MSS 7771).

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; September 2023.

  • Planning documents, programs
Register of Rowan Taylor collection on Latter-day Saint Los Angeles area music programs
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 September 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States