The Old Country Church


Tenor, RANDALL BLACK, has won critical acclaim with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States, including: his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, the American premiere of Henze’s We Come to the River with the Santa Fe Opera, and the tenor solos in Messiah with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony. Highly respected for his mastery in all musical styles, Dr. Black specializes in Twentieth Century and Baroque repertoire, especially the evangelists in the Bach Passions.  In a performance of Bach's St. John Passion with former Chicago Symphony Chorus Conductor Margaret Hillis, she commented, "He is the best evangelist I have ever heard!"

Recent accomplishments include: his European debut with a solo concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, England, the release of the compact disc, An American Son: The Vocal Works of Joseph Baber, Vol. 1, the role of the evangelist in the American premiere of CPE Bach’s 1769 version of the St. Matthew Passion, and the role of the evangelist in the world premiere of the St. Matthew Passion, by Will Averitt. Dr. Black has also released a CD of traditional sacred works, Then Sings My Soul, with pianist Marie Taylor.  

Pianist, MARIE HOLIFIELD TAYLOR, is a retired Murray State University Professor of Music, having taught and served as Keyboard Unit Coordinator for 31 years.  She has inspired countless students with her passion for and adoration of music.  Known throughout the region for her Chamber Music performances, she has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Univ. of South Queensland in Australia, Graz, Austria, the Church of St. Martin in the Fields, London, as well as various venues throughout the United Kingdom.