Tom LohrAdjunct, Piano, and Director of Community School of Music
Tom has been an Instructor of Piano at Meredith College since 1979, teaching piano, composition, choral arranging, and music theory seminars. Lohr is the Director of the Meredith College School of Music (the non-credit division of the Department of Music) as well as the summer piano camp, beginners’ piano camp, middle school composition camp, intensive piano camp and high school theory camp.
During his time at Meredith College Lohr has taught undergraduate piano majors, graduate students and all levels of non-credit students in the School of Music ranging in ages from 6 to 82. Both his piano students and composition students are often winners of area competitions. Former students of his have pursued music further study at such noted schools as Indiana University, Boston Conservatory and the Julliard School.
As a composer, Lohr has written works for performers of various media including piano and piano four-hands. A selection of works includes a one-act opera, The Practical Heart (1998), Biblical Songs (1999), Songs from the Bible (2000–01), and Songs of the Indian Spirit (1999), and Improvisation, a solo piano piece written in 2002, for the Tour of Historic Steinway Pianos. During the summer of 2004, Lohr composed eleven solo piano pieces for the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association for use as competition pieces in that organization’s Young Artist Auditions. The pieces were written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association as well as the 25th anniversary of the Young Artist Auditions, both of which were observed in 2005. All of these works are available through Shelkins Music Publishing Company. Also in 2004, Lohr received a commission to compose a work, Suite for Strings, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp. In 2007 Lohr composed Festive Concert Overture to mark the 20th anniversary of the Philharmonic Association. The Triangle Youth Philharmonic opened their 2007–08 concert season with a performance of this work in Meymandi Concert Hall and performed the work again on their 20th Anniversary Alumni Concert in 2008 in the Koka Booth Amphitheater. In 2011, Lohr composed two new works for solo piano, both toccatas as tributes to the composers Bartok and Ginastera. These works were performed along with other original compositions on several lecture-recitals that year.
Lohr is active in both the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association and the North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA). He has served as an officer in both of these organizations and was a presenter in the 2005 Fall Conference of NCMTA where he presented a lecture-recital on many of his solo piano works. Lohr, a long-time member and former president of the Gamma Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda was inducted in 1993 into the Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota as an honorary member. He is a former advisor for SAI. At the fall 2012 conference of NCMTA Lohr will present a session on a new collection of pieces he composed. The pieces, Numbers, deal with musical representations of the numbers 1 through 12.
Degrees Held: B.M., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.M. University of Kentucky
Courses Taught: Piano, composition
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