For program notes and press purposes, my biography typically reads as follows:
Tom Smith is a conductor, composer, and singer who has been active in music at the collegiate level since 2017. He became involved with music at UT Dallas during his freshman year, singing in their choirs and opera productions before transitioning towards a focus on conducting. In 2019, Tom directed UT Dallas’ first summer opera production and founded the Comet Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with whom he served as principal conductor through 2021. During that time, Tom led Comet Opera’s mainstage productions of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and was elected President and Music Director of the organization. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Tom’s work transitioned to online-medium performances and composition, which included two 2021 premieres: his Piano Sonata No. 1 in C and the song cycle Three Songs for Soprano.
Outside his collegiate activities, Tom sang in the Dallas Symphony Chorus from 2019-2021 and has composed for piano, English handbells, choir, voice, and orchestra. He studied voice and conducting with Dr. Kathryn Evans though May 2021 and will be pursuing his Master’s in Music with a concentration in orchestral conducting in the fall.