robert e. thomas

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Robert E. Thomas is an active teacher, composer, scholar, and performer. His music has been presented around the country and oversees, 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 a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Saint Rose, he has taught Music Theory, Aural Skills, Orchestration, Music Technology, Music History, Piano, and Keyboard Harmony at The College of Saint Rose, William Paterson University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Burlington County College, and Raritan Valley Community College. He also founded and directs 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.


October 26, 2013
Church of the Resurrection
Tulsa, OK

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

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

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

June 21, 2013
New York City

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

June 21, 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland

Performance of Quick Study by Nodes Performing Arts Ensemble.

April 28, 2013
Picotte Recital Hall, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY

Debut performance of The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble. Music by Adashi, Cage, Carter, Rzewski, and Wolff. Click here for program.

New Work
there dwells the child that was, for synthesized and sampled sound. Included on the Sequenza21 / File Under ? December 2012 Mix.

May 24, 2012
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ

Premiere of U-142, for solo piano, by Carl Patrick Bolleia. Commissioned by the New Jersey Arts Collective.

March 25, 2012
Vision, After-Vision included on LCNL 05.

New York Times Review
A New York Times review of the October 25, 2011 performance of Sixteen Lines Circling a Square by American Contemporary Music Ensemble can be found here.

This site last updated: 22 November 2013
1996 - 2013, Robert E. Thomas

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