Paul Thomas - Music Faculty

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Paul Thomas (polkapaul@gmail.com)

Paul is a composer whose many interests include writing for performer and electronics, working with choreographers, group improvisation, and creating ways to explain new music to middle schoolers.

Having received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of North Texas, Paul's acoustic and electronic music has been presented throughout the United States and Europe, including the SCI Student National Conference, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Most Significant Bytes Festival, Threshold Electroacoustic Music Festival, OWU/NOW Festival, NACUSA Texas Conference, Electric Pacific, Chamber Music in Grantham, Western Illinois New Music Festival, New Music Hartford, Soundcrawl: Nashville, Greater Denton Arts Council, Música Viva Festival Soundwalk in Lisbon, Portugal, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, American Composers Forum/Los Angeles Chapter, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, and the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy. He has had the privilege of having his works performed by such ensembles as the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Ensemble Green, Juventas Ensemble, Zen Franglais, Ars Nova Dallas and the Delta State University New Music Ensemble, along with performers including John Sampen, Virginia Broffitt, Rick Kurasz, Chris Buckley, Rachel Yoder, Patricia Surman, and Jeremy Blackwood.

Originally from northeastern Ohio, Paul received degrees in composition from Cedarville University and Bowling Green State University and has studied composition with Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, Cindy McTee, Andrew May, David Bithell, and Joseph Klein and piano with John Mortensen. Paul also plays accordion in the improvisation ensemble Impulse, is an active accompanist and serves as the associate minister of music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas.

 

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