Tom Lohr has been an Instructor of Piano at Meredith College since 1979, teaching piano,
composition, choral arranging, and music theory seminars. Lohr is the former Director of the
Meredith College School of Music (the non-credit division of the Department of Music) as well as
many piano and composition summer camps.
During his time at Meredith College Lohr has taught undergraduate piano majors, graduate
students and all levels of non-credit students in the Community School of Music ranging in ages
from 5 to 82. Both his piano and composition students are often winners of area competitions.
Former students of his have pursued further music 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.
Several years later he composed three toccatas and one additional improvisation to become a
set with the earlier Improvisation now known as Tributes. These works are tributes to Bartok,
Debussy, Prokofiev, Copland and Ginastera. 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. Subsequently, Mr. Lohr was again commissioned to write new works for the 25 th
and 30 th anniversaries of the Philharmonic Association. The work written for the 2012
anniversary was broadcast on WCPE-FM. In 2019, Lohr completed a setting of the Ordinary of
the Mass entitled, Mass for the Holy Trinity. This work is set for SATB choir, flute, trumpet,
three strings and organ. The work deals with countless representations of the number “3” to
denote the Trinity.
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 and again in 2012 where he presented a newly completed set of
piece entitled Numbers which deal with musical representations of the numbers 1 through 12. .
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.
Degrees Held: B.M., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.M. University of Kentucky
Courses Taught: Piano, composition