Thomas LaVoy, born in 1990 in Marquette, Michigan, is a pianist and a composer of contemporary concert music. In May, 2013 he graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he studied composition with Joel Phillips and Benjamin C.S. Boyle and piano with James Goldsworthy. In addition to maintaining his presence in the world of concert music, Thomas is also an active singer-songwriter in the folk genre and performs regularly on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
At age 17, Thomas became the youngest ever winner of the New York Virtuoso Singers International Composition Competition for his choral work White Stones. The world premiere of the piece was conducted by maestro Harold Rosenbaum on January 11th, 2009 in New York City. White Stones was subsequently published on The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Series produced by G.Schirmer. Since then the piece has been performed widely throughout the United States, and was broadcast to an international audience by WWFM: The Classical Network in January of 2012.
Thomas’ work has been commissioned or performed numerous choral ensembles, including The
Marquette Senior High School Chamber Singers, The Redmen Chorale, The Brighton High School Bel Canto, Westminster Kantorei, Westminster Williamson Voices, The Westminster Choir, The Adelphian Concert Choir, and The New York Virtuoso Singers. He has also been commissioned to write new works for pianists James Goldsworthy, Jared Slaymaker, Hannah King and Matthew Kiple, as well as for tenor Orin Strunk and soprano Renata Kapilevich. In 2013, Thomas received a major commission from The Marquette Symphony Orchestra for a work commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Italian Hall Disaster. This large-scale work will be performed in Marquette, Michigan in December of 2013 at the end of his term as Composer in Residence with the orchestra.
Thomas has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships for his endeavors in both composition and piano performance, including the Kaufman Award for music, The R. and R. Young Composition Prize, The Carl F. Mueller Composition Scholarship and The Alfred E.B. Merron Scholarship for Piano Performance. Most recently, he won first place overall in the annual Westminster Choir College Composition Competition, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students alike, and as a result received the Julianne and Bill Phillips Composition Award.
As a chorister and member of Westminster Symphonic Choir, Thomas has performed with many of the leading orchestras of the world including The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia orchestra, The East-Western Divan Orchestra, The Simone Bolivar Orchestra and The Berlin Philharmonic. As a member of Westminster Williamson Voices, conducted by James Jordan, Thomas has performed and recorded James Whitbourn’s Annelies for the Naxos label and will participate in the choir’s residency with the Choral Music Institute at Oxford University in July, 2013.
Thomas’ music is published by GIA Publications, G. Schirmer and Hewitt Hill Music.