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Thomas McColley

Tampa, FL

Thomas McColley is a composer living in Tampa, Florida.  His music includes solo pieces, chamber music, music for the theater, and large-scale works that have been performed throughout the Untied States and in Europe. His newest piece, Behind the Eye, for four flutes, was composed for “Flute 4” in 2018 and was premiered at the National Flute Society Convention in Orlando. Dance on the Sea, for reed trio, was commissioned in 2017 by the Reflections Chamber Ensemble and Night Waves, for trombone and piano, was premiered at the United States Army Band’s 2016 American Trombone Workshop. Deep Blue, for five clarinets, was commissioned by Buffet Crampon and was premiered at the 2015 Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy and his Five Duets for Clarinets were performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2015 in Madrid. Tom is Co-Director of the Community School of the Arts in Tampa where he also teaches at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. He is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Reflections Chamber Ensemble. Tom has his Master of Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego.  He is married to clarinetist, Stacey McColley. A lymphoma survivor, he is actively involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Deep Blue

Deep Blue, for clarinet quintet, was commissioned by Buffet-Crampon for the 2015 Buffet Summer Institute. Written for 1 Eb, 2 Bb and 2 Bb Bass Clarinets, the piece makes extensive use of glissandi and explores subtle differences in timbre using hocket. Mark Nuccio, Pascual Martínez Forteza, Ixi Chen, Lawrie Bloom, and André Moisan played the premier. The United States Army Band Clarinet Quintet also performed the piece in November, 2015, at the United States Navy Band Clarinet Day, in Washington, D.C.

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O Lonely Watcher of the Skies

O Lonely Watcher of the Skies was written for the Reflections Chamber Ensemble in Tampa. This pensive and introspective piece, for Flute, Clarinet, Harp, Percussion, and Cello has become a staple in that ensemble’s repertoire.

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Behind the Eye

Behind the Eye was composed for the ensemble, Flute 4, and was premiered at the 2018 National Flute Convention in Orlando, FL.

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