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Thomas, David Evan

View Music by David Evan Thomas

Choral  |  Organ  |  Fall 2017 New Releases  |  Spring 2018 New Releases

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David Evan Thomas has been praised for his music's eloquence, power and craft. In addition to an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two McKnight Foundation Fellowships and the Moeller-A.G.O. Award in Choral Composition, Thomas has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Forum.

Thomas's catalogue includes music for orchestra, forty chamber works, an opera, and an oratorio, The First Apostle. Vocal music is particularly prominent, with twelve song cycles on subjects ranging from medieval women troubadours to the baseball writings of Donald Hall, and 50 choral works. Thomas is represented in the MorningStar Music Publishers and ECS Publishing catalogues by nearly two dozen choral and organ works. Other scores are published by Augsburg Fortress, ALRY, Falls House, Fatrock Ink, Jeanné, Classical Vocal Reprints and Yelton-Rhodes. Thomas's music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, London's Westminster Cathedral Choir and the trio of Gil Shaham, Truls Mork and Yefim Bronfman. He has served as composer-in-residence with Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and from 1997-2005, The Schubert Club.

Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, began his musical studies as a trumpet player, and received degrees from Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Minnesota. At Northwestern, he sang in the Alice Millar Chapel Choir under the direction of Grigg Fountain. His composition teachers have included Dominick Argento, Samuel Adler and Alan Stout, with further training at the Aspen Festival and with David Diamond at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recent projects include To Joy, a cycle for SATB soli and piano 4-hands, commissioned for the 2017 Source Song Festival in Minneapolis.

Thomas lives in Minneapolis, where he is also active as a program annotator, choral singer and pianist.


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