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Watch: Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin featured on video series 'Where Music Lives,' hosted by Kevin 'K.O.' Olusola of Pentatonix

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Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell, was recently featured on the video series "Where Music Lives," hosted by Kevin "K.O." Olusola of the Pentatonix. "Where Music Lives" is a video series from NPR's "From the Top."

The Washington High Schooler and his parents, Deanna and Mark Akin, takes the Pentatonix beat boxer and cellist on a tour of their horse barn, show him the shop where Taylor and his dad rebuild classic cars and take one of them for a very fast spin, and share how their house has been hit by tornadoes twice.

In the fourth episode of Olusola's video series, Taylor says one of the hardest parts for him about having his house destroyed twice was having to practice music in their hotel. The Oklahoma musician, drag racer and aspiring entrepreneur proceeds to give a stunningly soulful performance on the bassoon. 

Olusola caps off the show by visiting Taylor's high school, where the teen plays saxophone in the jazz band, and getting funky with Taylor and his classmates.

As previously reported, Taylor recently received “From the Top’s” Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a national scholarship of up to $10,000 for extraordinary young musicians, and appeared earlier this year on a broadcast of NPR’s “From the Top.”

Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell, was recently featured on the video series "Where Music Lives," hosted by Kevin "K.O." Olusola of the Pentatonix. [Photo provided]
Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell, was recently featured on the video series "Where Music Lives," hosted by Kevin "K.O." Olusola of the Pentatonix. [Photo provided]

Taylor is one of only 20 young musicians to receive “From the Top’s” Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in the 2018–19 season, according to a news release. The Young Artist Award helps young musicians with the high costs of studying classical music. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional musical ability, quality of character, and financial need. Since 2005, “From the Top” and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to young musicians from across the United States.

Taylor studies bassoon with Professor Rod Ackmann at the University of Oklahoma. He has attended programs at Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, Tanglewood Institute at Boston University, the Bocal Majority Advanced Double Reed Institute at Pepperdine University, and performed at Carnegie Hall and across Europe. 

He has been principal bassoonist of the OkMEA All-State Orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. He has won the Midwest Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition, OMTA Music Competition and several concerto competitions.

Taylor graduated from Washington High School Sunday. 

-BAM 

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Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell, was recently featured on the video series "Where Music Lives," hosted by Kevin "K.O." Olusola of the Pentatonix. [Photo provided]

Oklahoma bassoonist Taylor Akin, 18, of Purcell, was recently featured on the video series "Where Music Lives," hosted by Kevin "K.O." Olusola of the Pentatonix. [Photo provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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