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Emeritus professor
College of Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802) 656-1107;
Specialty:music, violin, composer
Biography:Thomas L. Read, composer and violinist, is Emeritus professor of music at the University of Vermont. He has composed music for a variety of media and almost entirely on commission--music for small ensembles, full orchestra, solo voice, chorus, and musical theater. He has been a recipient of several Arts Council and university stipends, and has been awarded fellowships from organizations such as the McDowell Colony, the Charles Ives Institute, and the Johnson Composers Conference. Recent premieres include the Piano Partita (nominated for Pulitzer prize in 2007), Night Pageantries for bassoon and piano, Going On for clarinet, violin and piano, and a choral work for Vermont’s Social Band and String Quartet No.3 in Kiev, Russia. A recording of On October Ground, performed by Philharmonica Bulgarica has been released by ERM Media Masterworks Recordings. C.F.Peters, Tunbridge Music, Tuba Euphonium Press and the American Composers Edition publish his work.