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Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2004

Tom is an active educator, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He earned a B.M. degree at the University of Kansas studying with Ed Laut, and a M.A. degree at the University of Iowa studying with Anthony Arnone. He has also studied with Anthony Elliott in Ann Arbor, MI, Michael Mermagen at the Aspen Music Festival and has played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.

About my Teaching:

I believe it is important for all students of music to find and develop their own individual sound. Having your own sound is just like having your own voice, and that's what makes listening to and making music so enjoyable. It also helps encourage students to practice, improve and have fun!

All students have strengths and weaknesses and learn in their own unique ways. My role as a teacher is to help develop efficient practice routines while nurturing strengths and empowering students with knowledge and confidence to succeed.

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Section Cello
Sep 2016 - Present
Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Section Cello
Sep 2015 - Present
Omaha Symphony

Section Cello
Sep 2012 - Present
Orchestra Iowa

Substitute Section Cello
Aug 2013 - May 2014
New World Symphony

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Aspen Music Festival and School

Jun 2012 - Jun 2012
Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Branson, MO

Two-week classical music festival; large ensemble and chamber concerts.

Co-Principal Cello
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Dexter Community Orchestra, Dexter, MI

Jun 2007 - Jul 2007
The Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, ME

Six-week summer festival for conductors and orchestral musicians.


MA - Cello Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
University of Iowa
BM - Cello Performance
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008
University of Kansas


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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