“…a gifted and creative spirit who knows how to write for instruments!”
Thomas L. Read, composer and violinist, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. He has composed music for a variety of media and almost entirely on commission - music for small ensembles, full orchestra, solo voice, chorus and musical theater, including several pieces for Social Band. He has been a recipient of several Arts Council and University Stipends, and has been awarded fellowships from organizations such as the McDowell Colony, the Charles Ives Institute, and the Johnson Composers Conference. Recent premieres include Third String Quartet (2008, Kiev, Ukraine), and Octet for Strings (2009, Ann Arbor), What Story Awaits Its End? and Beneficent Shadow (2010, Burlington, Vermont), Lullaby for Guitar (Salem, Massachusetts, 2010), First String Quartet (2011, Harvard University), Meridian (septet), and No Vermonters In Heaven (2011, Burlington). C.F. Peters, Tunbridge Music, Tuba Euphonium Press, the American Composers Edition and Yelton Rhodes publish his work. Listen to his music on Zimbel Records, VCME Records, Socialband.org, ERM Media Masterworks, Vol.2, and on You Tube.