Christopher Thomas - Director of Choral Activities
Christopher B. Thomas is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where he conducts the Rowan University Concert Choir, Voces XII, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Under his direction, the Rowan University Concert Choir has performed at state and regional conferences of ACDA and NJMEA in addition to international performance tours throughout Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland. Notable recent performances with the Concert Choir have included Hodie and Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Handel’s Messiah, requiem masses of Cherubini, Duruflé, and Fauré, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez. The choir has also performed several world premieres including Circulo de tiempo by David Martynuik and Song of the Schulamite by Donald McCullough.
Dr. Thomas recently served as assistant conductor of Varna International Music Academy’s performances of The Creation by Joseph Haydn in Varna and Dobrich, Bulgaria. Domestically, his recent guest conducting engagements have included choirs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Illinois, and Texas. As a scholar, Dr. Thomas has presented at International, Regional, and State Conferences on choral literature, pedagogy, philosophical, and historical topics. His own dissertation, "Antonine Reicha's Missa pro defunctis and the Nineteenth-Century Concert Requiem" culminated with the fourth-ever performance of Reicha's choral-orchestral requiem setting.
Dr. Thomas is currently serving as president-elect of NJ-ACDA. He received the BM in Music Education from Millikin University where he studied with Brad Holmes and graduate degrees (MM and DMA) in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona under the direction of Bruce Chamberlain.
Chris is happily married to Jessica, also a choral director. Chris, Jessica, and their son Greyson live in Glassboro.