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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 The College of Saint Rose, 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 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

November 23, 2014
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
3:00 pm
Free

Premiere of OnE by Saint Rose Brass Chamber Ensemble.

December 4, 2014
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
7:30 pm
Free

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


New Work

OnE, for Brass Ensemble.

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


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

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

November 16, 2013
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
3:00

The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble concert. Music by Batzner, Cage, Carey, and Persichetti. Click here for program.

October 26, 2013
Church of the Resurrection
Tulsa, OK
7:00

Premiere of Meditation, for Violin and Piano, by James Alan Ruggles and Anne Roberts. Commissioned by James Alan Ruggles.

June 21, 2013
New York City
12:00

Performance of Quick Study by Nodes Performing Arts Ensemble as part of Make Music New York.

June 21, 2013
Summerhall
Edinburgh, Scotland
4:00

Performance of Quick Study by Nodes Performing Arts Ensemble.

This site last updated: 28 September 2014
1996 - 2014, Robert E. Thomas

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