HOLIDAY FOR YOUTH (1970) for Concert Band
Priscilla Taylor (McLean) spent two years as a postgraduate student at Lowell University (1963-5) majoring in music education, after a B.S. in elementary education from Fitchburg State University in 1963. She performed on baritone horn in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble the first year, and the second year as percussionist. During this first year Mr. Willis Traphagen, director, asked Taylor to write a piece for the ensemble, which she worked on during the summer while waitressing full-time in Boston. This was a crucial piece for Taylor, as this was her first foray into large ensemble writing. The premiere took place at the Symphonic Wind Ensemble spring concert, 1964, and in the autumn at Fitchburg State, where the performance was recorded (AAC). In 1967 HOLIDAY FOR YOUTH was published by Bourne Co., NY. By that time, Priscilla (Taylor) McLean had moved to Indiana University and was composing for orchestra.