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Harpsichordist and musicologist Rachelle Taylor obtained a doctorate in Performance from McGill University in 1997. She then pursued her research as a post doctoral research fellow in the Department of Theory at the same university. This research uncovered new evidence concerning the involvement of Elizabethan and early Jacobean composers in the British secret service, a subject which became the focus of her PhD dissertation in Musicology.
Rachelle Taylor has received funding from the Quebec Fonds pour les chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She teaches music history and literature at McGill University, in addition to pursuing an active international performance career. In addition, her recitals have been broadcast on both English and French services of the CBC. Her research on the biography of composer Peter Philips (1560-1628) is published in the congress proceedings of the Alamire Society, Belgium and in the British journal Lute.
Rachelle Taylor is the Chief Coordinator of Traçantes, the music text-writing, translation, and editing service of the Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM). She also dœs research and writing of music entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.
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