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Mercer-Taylor, Peter

Peter Mercer-Taylor lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Beth, and their three children. The Mercer-Taylor house is strewn with musical instruments, various combinations of which get regular use from all five of them (the most recent addition is a drum kit made of Tupperware, C-clamps, and duct tape). Peter’s own musical commitments, expressed both in his teaching and his scholarship, are divided between 19th-century European classical music, rock-era popular song, and hymnody. After six delightful years of teaching in Valparaiso University’s honors college—where his preponderantly Lutheran colleagues graciously made room for a high-church Episcopalian—Peter joined the musicology faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 2001.

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