Music – Outstanding Senior 2020

Colin Taylor.Colin Taylor

Boise, Idaho


  • Bachelor of Music – Education
  • Bachelor of Music – Performance (euphonium)

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, and Service

  • Low Brass Collective – President
  • WSU Collegiate National Association for Music Education – Treasurer
  • Cougar Marching Band – euphonium/baritone section leader for fall 2018 and fall 2019
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Education

Internships and Employment

  • WSU Intramural Official
  • Cougar Kid’s Camp – Group Leader
  • Camp Easton – Scoutcraft Area Director
  • 3-week practicum in a Boise school
  • 6-week practice teaching at Garfield–Palouse High School and Middle School

Awards and Recognition

  • 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior in Music
  • Top Ten Senior – Visual and Performing Arts, 2020
  • WSU School of Music Phase One Award
  • Young Artist Euphonium Competition – NW Tuba Euphonium Conference, First Place, 2018
  • Washington State Cougar Academic Award
  • Alternate in the MTNA Brass Young Artist Competition, 2018, 2019

Faculty Comments

“I have always been able to rely on Colin Taylor’s dedication to creating a thoughtful, welcoming, and inclusive community. The tuba-euphonium studio has grown into a type of family, one that helps people find a place once they arrive in Pullman. Colin’s affable personality and willingness to engage with new students have been critical to establishing that sense of community we all strive to achieve. Colin is a trusted young man who can effectively communicate with people about the strengths of our School of Music and our WSU community.”  –Dr. Chris Dickey

Personal Statement

My time at Washington State has been phenomenal thanks to my professors and friends. Without them, I would not have been able to reach where I am today. Their support has gotten me through challenges during my time at WSU that I was not sure I could get through. I want to thank each and every one of them for the love and support they have generously given me.

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Chris Dickey, clinical associate professor, School of Music
  • Dahn Pham, associate professor, School of Music
  • Sarah Miller, clinical assistant professor, School of Music
  • Troy Bennefield, director, Cougar Marching Band

Future Plans

Colin will complete his student teaching requirements in the fall to become certified to teach in the State of Washington. He will also audition for graduate school. His long-term goal is to earn his PhD and teach in a university.