Ruth Holmen Taylor

Singing instructor

Ruth Holmen Taylor, voice singing instructor to opera singers and thousands of other warblers, died Saturday June 14 of complications from a stroke. She was 96.

Ogden, Iowa, native moved to New York from Illinois and married for the first time at age 74. Her husband, Bernard Taylor, was head of the vocal department at the Juilliard School. They met in 1949 when the soprano lost her singing voice and asked him for help. They married 32 years later, after he was widowed.

After his death, she carried on his teaching techniques.

She is survived by her step-great-grandson Nathaniel Ruhlman, a multimedia producer.

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