Colin Taylor is an award-winning theatre music director, conductor, and a strong advocate for amateur and semi-professional music-making at the community level. He has performed as a conductor, instrumentalist, and music consultant at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, Good Shepherd Players, Reston Community Players, Sterling Playmakers, Encore Stage & Studio, and The Levine School of Music, among many others. Favorite recent theatre credits include "Titanic" (GSP), "Sister Act" (LTA), "The Addams Family" (GSP), "The Producers" (LTA), "Beauty and the Beast"
(SP), "Anne of Green Gables" (LTA), and "42nd Street" (SP). In addition to musical theatre, Colin has served as a guest conductor for the Loudoun Symphonic Winds and the Clarinistique clarinet choir. Colin
studied orchestral conducting with Dr. John Devlin, former cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra and current music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
Colin started playing the clarinet in the fourth grade at the age of nine and, when not on the podium, regularly performs in theatre pit orchestras as a reed doubler and in local instrumental ensembles as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist. He has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with members of the New York Philharmonic, has participated in several collegiate and community festivals for band and wind ensemble, and has performed several solo works for clarinet (Mozart, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Weber) in community concerts over the years. Locally, he has performed as a clarinetist with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Loudoun Symphonic Winds, and the Clarinistique clarinet choir, and is a founding member and tenor saxophone player of a local rock band.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Eric Ritter began his voice-over career in 1995 by lending his voice to a regular stream of people who eagerly wanted fries with their cheeseburgers. He was discovered by a local radio personality who hired him for a radio show in Lancaster, PA where he voiced dozens of commercial spots. After that, Eric was employed at a local NBC television station as the voice for commercial programming.
Shortly thereafter, Eric began a broadcast journalist career with the United States Navy. He went on to be a regular contributor for the Armed Forces Network, writing and broadcasting stories of America’s men and women in uniform while traveling the world and being involved in over 300 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his active duty time, Eric continued to lend his voice for events such as air shows, public service announcements, and provided character voices for various organizations. He currently works with the United States Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command where he is the official voice for all command events to include the Navy’s official Veterans Day message across the fleet.