- Thomas Sleeper
Thomas M. Sleeper is a modern American composer and conductor. His music has been described as 'hauntingly mysterious' and 'richly lyrical' [ [http://www.crotchet.co.uk/8570465.html 8570465 - Thomas Sleeper - Craig Morris, Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami - Crotchet Web Store for online purchase of CDs and DVDs ] ] . He is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities and Conductor of the
University of MiamiSymphony Orchestra and Opera Theater. He is also the director of the Florida Youth Orchestra.
Sleeper received his Bachelor of Music at the
University of Texas, and subsequently received his Master of Music at Southern Methodist University, where he studied under Daryl F. Rauscher of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and famous maestro James Rives-Jones. At 22 years of age Sleeper was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony. Following his conducting stint with the Dallas Civic Symphony, Sleeper began to compose many pieces of music including, but not limited to, operas, concerti, symphonies, sonatas, and chamber music.
He is a frequent guest conductor all over the world and has performed with ensembles such as the Central Philharmonic of China, Argentina's San Juan Symphony Orchestra, and Bulgaria's Ruse State Philharmonic. In addition, he was named the Artistic Advisor of the China-Wuhan Symphony in 1993. [ [http://www.classicalarchives.com/inspire/sleeper.html CLASSICAL MUSIC ARCHIVES: Thomas M. Sleeper ] ] Sleeper is an advocate of new music, and has commissioned and conducted the premiers of works of composers including Thomas Ludwig,
Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez. [ [http://www.naxos.com/composerinfo/bio50787.htm Thomas Sleeper Biography. Listen to Classical Music by Thomas Sleeper ] ] He currently lives in Miami, Florida, and is on the faculty of the University of Miami.
*"Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, premiered by Jillian Bloom at Carnegie Hall on March 23, 2008
*"Concerto for Trumpet", premiered by Craig Morris, former Principal Trumpet of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
*"String Quartet No. 2, "Bergonzi", written for the famed Bergonzi String Quartet
*"Aceldama: Field of Blood", an Opera performed across the world
*"Symphony No. 1", premiered by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas
*"Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra", written for
bassoonist Kathryn Sleeper
*"Adagio for Orchestra"
*"Piano Concerto No. 2", premiered by pianist Justin Blasdale
*"Rodríguez: Works For Chorus And Orchestra", Albany Records 2001, Thomas M. Sleeper (conductor)
*"Surinach: Symphonic Melismas, Double Concerto, Etc ", Centaur Records 1996, (conductor)
*"Aceldama", Albany Records, (composer, conductor)
*"Ticheli, Van Der Slice, Sleeper: Orchestral Works", Albany Records, (composer, conductor)
*"Finzi, Brahms, R. Strauss", Centaur Records, (conductor) [ [http://www.cduniverse.com/classical.asp?ctype=cond&exact=y&sf=Sleeper%2C+Thomas+M%2E&cart=648439422&style=classical Conductor : Thomas M. Sleeper at CD Universe ] ]
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