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, Statesmen men's chorus and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Under his direction, the Rowan University Concert Choir, in addition to numerous on and off campus performances, has performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference (NJMEA), and recently returned from a performance tour of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary.
Dr. Thomas has presented at state and international conferences, most recently the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, NJMEA, and New Jersey American Choral Directors Association (NJ-ACDA). Dr. Thomas is currently serving on the board of NJ-ACDA as College and University Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair, and is looking forward to several upcoming conducting engagements including the National Catholic High School Choral Festival in New York City (2014), SJ-CDA Region III Honor Choir (2014), and NJ Region II Honor Choir (2015).
Prior to his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Thomas served as Interim Director of Choral Activities at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dr. Thomas has taught middle and secondary vocal music in the Illinois public schools, elementary music in Arizona and has held numerous community and church choir positions. As a baritone soloist, he has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists and the St. Andrew's Bach Society. Recent solo engagements have included Bach's B Minor Mass, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Haydn's Creation.
Thomas received the BM in Music Education from Millikin University where he studied with Brad Holmes and later earned the MM and DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona (UA) where he studied with Bruce Chamberlain. At UA, Thomas was the graduate teaching assistant for The Arizona Choir, the University of Arizona's premier graduate choral ensemble where he prepared the choir for the Western Division ACDA conference's culminating performance of Arthur Honneger's Le Roi David. His work with the Arizona Choir earned him the University of Arizona School of Music and College of Fine Arts Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year award. His dissertation research, "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.
Chris is happily married to Jessica, a vocal music teacher at Camden County Technical and Vocational School in Sicklerville, NJ. Chris, Jessica, and their son Greyson live in Glassboro.