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BYU School of Music Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

The BYU School of Music is excited to welcome three new additions to its faculty and staff.

Kandis King Taylor is the new director of percussion studies for the School of Music. She has earned a bachelor’s degree (music education, BYU), a master’s degree (percussion performance, BYU), and a PhD (music education, University of Utah). Dr. Taylor simultaneously works as a percussion professor at BYU and a band and percussion teacher in the Alpine School District. She has over 18 years of experience teaching, directing, and adjudicating for several types of ensembles in California and Utah. Dr. Taylor has received many awards including the 2024 Superior Achievement Award from the Utah Music Educators Association. Dr. Taylor composes music and has several published compositions. She has also presented her research on technology in education nationally and internationally.

Janet Olsen is the new academic administrative assistant for the School of Music. Through two of her friends who are BYU faculty, Janet was recommended for the position. When asked about how music helps share the Light of Christ, Janet says, “How can it not?” She believes that music connects people spiritually and emotionally, spreading inspiration and fellowship. Janet is “immensely humbled and so grateful for [the] opportunity” to be involved with the School of Music.

Dave Egbert is the new director of music streaming. He has over 20 years of experience with digital experience and systems product management. Dave has worked for BYU, Adobe, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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