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The music of David Evan Thomas has been praised for its eloquence, power and craft. A recipient of an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two McKnight Foundation Fellowships (2013, 1992) and the Möller-A.G.O. Award in Choral Composition, Thomas has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, the American Composers Forum and the American Guild of Organists. He has been a resident artist at both Wyoming’s Ucross and Brush Creek Arts Foundations, and at California’s Villa Montalvo. Recent awards include a Martin Luther Hymn Prize, a Renée B. Fisher Composer Award and the 2017 VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol Contest.
Thomas’s music is published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar, Jeanné, Fatrock Ink and Classical Vocal Reprints, and has received performances by the Minnesota Orchestra, London’s Westminster Cathedral Choir and the trio of Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk and Yefim Bronfman. Thomas has served as composer-in-residence with Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and from 1997-2005, The Schubert Club. In 2016 Thomas was awarded the “An die Musik Award” from that organization for outstanding service.
Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, David Evan Thomas received degrees from Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. His teachers included Dominick Argento, Samuel Adler and Alan Stout, with further study at the Aspen Festival and with David Diamond at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Thomas lives in Minneapolis, where he is also active as a program annotator, choral singer and pianist. More: www.davidevanthomas.com.