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Robert E. Thomas is an active teacher, composer, scholar and performer. His music has been presented around the country and overseas, including performances at Make Music New York, the June in Buffalo and MusicX festivals, the Conductor's Institute at Bard College, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Currently teaching at Syracuse University, The College of Saint Rose, and Union College, he has also taught at William Paterson University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Burlington County College, and Raritan Valley Community College. He founded, directs, and performs with The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble.

In addition to his composition and teaching activities, he is writing a book on music notation and is particularly interested in layered musical structures, music technology, the music of Anton Webern, and microtonal music.

Dr. Thomas has long entertained a fascination with Russian folk and twentieth-century music (in particular the music of Shostakovich and Schnittke), which began with a concert of Russian folk music he attended as a child. He also has an abiding interest in Russian and Ukrainian literature, especially the work of Gogol and Bulgakov. He has visited Ukraine twice, where he was able to experience folk music, art, and dance first hand.

He also does copyist work, was a church music director for thirteen years, has taught private piano lessons, and is always on the lookout for a good cup of coffee.

Robert holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University, a Mus.M. in Composition from Boston University, and a B.Mus. in Composition from Western Washington University. His principal teachers were Charles Wuorinen and Lukas Foss.

News

December 5, 2015
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
1:00 pm
Free

The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble concert. Music by Feldman, Riley, Thomas, and Udell. Click here for program.

April 8, 2015
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
8:00 pm
Free

The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble joint concert with The College of Saint Rose Guitar Ensemble. Music by Harbison, Britten, and Cipullo. Click here for program.

December 4, 2014
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
3:00 pm
Free

The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble concert. Music by Cage, Liebermann, Rorem, Schnittke, and Thomas. Click here for program.


New Work

OnE, for Brass Ensemble.

Four for Three, for Bass Clarinet, Trumpet in B-flat, and Trombone.


November 23, 2014
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
7:30 pm
Free

Premiere of OnE by The College of Saint Rose Brass Chamber Ensemble.

April 13, 2014
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
7:30 pm
Free

The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble conert. Music by Britten, Ewazen, Reich, Sekhon, and Thomas. Click
here for program.

This site last updated: 08 December 2015
1996 - 2015, Robert E. Thomas

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