Tom Thompson, NCTM
With more than 40 years of teaching experience in piano, organ, vocal coaching, theory, composition, and literature, Thomas C. Thompson, NCTM, has also served in various places of worship. He received two Bachelor of Music degrees (Piano Performance and Theory & Composition) from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, as well as a Master of Music degree (Music Performance & Pedagogy) from the University of Houston.
As a performance artist, he concertizes extensively both solo and collaboratively throughout Texas and other venues across the United States, Europe, and Asia. As an adjudicator, Tom has worked in venues all across the United States (including Hawai'i), as well as in China and Taiwan. His choirs have been featured across the state, as well as in Europe and the United Kingdom. He has been featured on many recordings, both solo and collaborative. Currently, Tom is the Organist & Music Director for St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in Richmond, Texas. In addition to maintaining an active private studio, he instructs piano, theory, composition, voice, and acting for Century Fine Arts in Sugar Land, Texas. He is president of the Independent Music Teachers' Association; he is also a member of the Texas Music Teachers' Association, and he is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers' National Association, as well as the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. In February of 2008, the Pasadena (Texas) Philharmonic Society bestowed upon him the honor of "Musician of the Year" at their annual fundraiser gala ball.
Additionally, Tom is a freelance composer, arranger, orchestrator, and transcriber. He especially enjoys creating choral and instrumental works, and he frequently creates special music for weddings, memorial services, and other events that require customized music. Some of his choral and instrumental works are available at www.sheetmusicplus.com. You may also hear a few of his works by clicking on the "Compositions" tab on this website.
Below are parts one and two of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra with Tom as the featured artist. Please enjoy!