Hortense Pace Taylor, 55, who taught for 15 years at Dunbar High School and had been music director for D.C. public schools since 1965, died of cancer Thursday at Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Taylor, a native of Georgia, moved here with her family when she was three years old. A graduate of Dunbar, she earned a bachelor's degree at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a master's degree at Columbia University.

She began teaching vocal music at Dunbar in 1950, where she directed the A Capella Choir and served as sponsor of the Honor Society.

After becoming supervising director of music for schools in 1965, she helped organize the All-City Choral Festivals, held annually since 1967. [SOURCE OMITTED FROM TEXT]

Mrs. Taylor was also a guest lecturer in music education at Howard University and served for a time as coordinator of the university's music methods project.

She also volunteered as an organist and choir director for several area churches over the years.

Among the many organizations to which she belonged where the D.C. Music Educators Association, the Alliance for Arts Education, the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Committee on Operas in Schools, and the Caroling for Children's Hospital Committee.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen J., and two sons, Vincent E. and Stephen P., all of the home in Washington, and her father, Alfred Pace, a sister , Elaine P. Mullen, and a brother, Travis Pace, all of Washington.