Conductor

André J. Thomas  

André J. Thomas is visiting professor of choral conducting and interim conductor of the Yale Camerata. He recently retired from Florida State University, where he was Owen F. Sellers professor of music, director of choral activities, and professor of choral music education. He received degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and Africa. He has conducted choirs at conventions of the National Association for Music Education and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has conducted the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, the Berlin Radio Choir and the North German Radio Choir in Germany, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Bulgarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the People’s Liberation Orchestra in China, and the Czech National Symphony.

Thomas has distinguished himself as a composer and arranger. Hinshaw Music, Mark Foster Music, Fitzsimons Music, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, Choristers Guild, and Heritage Music publish his compositions and arrangements.

Thomas has been honored with distinguished achievement awards by the African Diaspora Sacred Music, Chorus America, ACDA, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the Florida Music Educator’s Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the Southern division of ACDA and the current vice president of national ACDA, as well as the artistic chairman of the 2021 national convention.