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Thomas Lloyd

Philadelphia, PA   

Thomas Lloyd is a classical composer, conductor, and singer. The premier recording of his 70-minute choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category. He currently is a Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he has directed the combined Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges since 1996.  He has also served as Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society since 2000.  In addition, he was appointed Director of Music at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in 2010, where he has reconstituted the Cathedral Singers with a core of eight professional choral scholars.  He has remained active as a tenor soloist in his role as cantor at the Cathedral and as a recitalist with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia. An active clinician and festival conductor, he was recently added to the roster of KI Concerts International.

As a composer, his works have been performed by The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Singers, Lyric Fest, the Keystone State Boychoir, the Bel Canto Children’s Choir, and church and school choirs throughout the region. The March 2013 premier of his concert-length choral-theater work Bonhoeffer at the Cathedral by Donald Nally and The Crossing choir was hailed as “an important work” and “a breakthrough for all concerned” and was awarded one of the inaugural round of grants by New Music USA  to have the piece recorded by The Crossing in 2015. The recording was followed by three repeat performances by The Crossing to open the internationally acclaimed choir’s 10th anniversary season, at Union Theological Seminary in New York and at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

In 2011, Lloyd was designated a “Creative Connector” by Leadership Philadelphia, WHYY, and the Knight Foundation for his work developing collaborative projects across cultural divides, both locally and internationally.  He has led ten international choir tours involving collaborative concerts with local choirs. His Haverford/Bryn Mawr chamber choir has shared concerts with host choirs in Mexico, Turkey, Ghana, Poland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as well as with the HBCU choirs of Howard, Lincoln, and Fisk Universities. He has led the Bucks County Choral Society on tours to Estonia (for the Estonia Song Fest), Russia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, and Brazil. Choirs under Lloyd’s direction have performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association.

Lloyd has published and presented scholarly articles on topics including the African-American spiritual, sacred jazz for choirs, teaching sacred music in secular contexts, the music of Hans Gal, and cross-cultural tour collaborations.  He has been featured on public television and radio throughout the Philadelphia region, most recently in a segment on  WHYY’s Friday Arts program.  Lloyd holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM bassoon), Yale Divinity School (MAR pastoral theology), and the Yale School of Music (MM voice and opera). He also studied at the Tanglewood, Blossom, and Salzburg festivals. Following a ten-year interlude as an IT manager on Wall Street, where he rose to the level of Vice President at Prudential Securities, Lloyd returned to music in the doctoral program in conducting at the University of Illinois, where he completed the DMA in 1994.

Thomas Lloyd’s son, Jeremy, is also an active composer of musical theater and founding producer/composer of the electronic R&B band Marian Hill.

Bonhoeffer – Meditation (“Sometimes we are reminded”) and Finkenwalde scene

Meditation (“Sometimes we are reminded”) and Finkenwalde Scene from Bonhoeffer (including a setting of the Beatitudes for men’s choir, unaccompanied)
The Crossing, Donald Nally, director (www.crossingchoir.com)
with Tim Early, dancer; Guillaume Combet, violin; Ulrich Boeckheler, cello; John Andrew Bailey, piano

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Bonhoeffer – Meditation (“Night Voices in Tegel”)

Meditation (“Night Voices in Tegel”) from Bonhoeffer
The Crossing, Donald Nally, director (www.crossingchoir.com)
with Guillaume Combet, violin; Ulrich Boeckheler, cello;
John Andrew Bailey, piano; Michael Sparhuber, percussion

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Bonhoeffer – Final scene and meditation (“Who am I?”)

excerpt from Final Scene and Meditation, from Bonhoeffer
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally (www.crossingchoir.com)
with Carrie Ellmore Tallitsch and Tim Early, dancers;
Rebecca Siler, soprano; Rebecca Hoke, mezzo soprano;
Maren Montalbano Brehm, alto;
Guillaume Combet, violin; Ulrich Boeckheler, cello;
John Andrew Bailey, piano; Michael Sparhuber, percussion

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