April 12th, 2017 - Announcing the Launch of Hewitt Hill Music
I am very pleased to announce the launch of my new self-publishing company Hewitt Hill Music. This exciting new venture seeks to bring a greater selection of my works to performers and audiences around the world. Hewitt Hill will make available a number of my works for solo piano, choir, solo voice, string orchestra and more - a catalog that will continue to grow in the coming months. To learn more, sample perusal scores of available works, and to order copies for digital download, please visit www.ThomasLaVoy.com/Hewitt-Hill-Music.
Thomas LaVoy (b. 1990) is an award winning composer of contemporary concert music. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, where he studies with the world-renowned Welsh composer Paul Mealor. In 2013 Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton New Jersey, where he studied with Joel Phillips and James Goldsworthy. His choral works have been commissioned and performed by choirs across the globe in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Following the Carnegie Hall debut of his music in 2016, Thomas received a commission from the John Armitage Memorial (JAM) in London to produce a substantial work for the BBC Singers. The resulting work, O Great Beyond, was premiered at the annual JAM on the Marsh festival by Nicholas Cleobury and the BBC Singers, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3's In Concert.
Commission Announcement - Laudamus Chamber Chorale
I'm proud to announce that I have received a substantial commission from Laura Gillett and the Laudamus Chamber Chorale of Fort Collins, CO in celebration of the choir's 20th anniversary in 2018. This three movement work for choir and piano will be based on the wonderful poetry of Sarojini Naidu, also known as the Nightingale of India. Below is a snippet from In the Forest, a poem from the collection The Golden Threshold, which serves as the text for the second movement.
But soon we must rise, O my heart, we must wander again
Into the war of the world and the strife of the throng;
Let us rise, O my heart, let us gather the dreams that remain,
We will conquer the sorrow of life with the sorrow of song.
The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir
The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir's new CD, Immortal Memory: A Burns Night Celebration, was released in January, 2017 to rave reviews. I was fortunate to be tasked with composing the title track: The Immortal Memory. Since it's release, the CD shot to No. 3 on the official UK classical chart, and The Immortal Memory has been broadcast multiple times on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
Purchase your copy today on Amazon or iTunes!
And don't forget to check out the choir's website, www.uofachamberchoir.org.uk.
The Same Stream
In 2015 I became a founding member and resident composer of the The Same Stream, an exciting new professional choir conducted by James Jordan. We took part in our first recording session in August of that year, an experience which left me feeling incredibly fulfilled both as a singer and as a composer. Stay tuned for the release of our most recent recording project, a CD of new music by Paul Mealor, Dan Forrest, Peter Relph and myself titled "Abide."
The inaugural recordings were released in December of 2015, and feature two works of mine, Lux aeterna and The Same Stream, as well as Sine Penitentia by Cortlandt Matthews and The Stars Shine by Kile Smith.
Visit our website for more information: www.TheSameStreamChoir.com
“Working with Thomas LaVoy in the process of a commissioned piece of music was a fantastic experience for all of us at Pennsbury High School. Tom is a fantastic artist and a great spirit - he bonded with our staff and students which helped our kids make a ‘true connection’ to the composition and the process. I give him my highest recommendation!!”
— James D. Moyer, conductor
“Thomas LaVoy is among the finest composers I’ve ever worked with. We were fortunate to have him present at Fort Myers High School for the world premiere of his piece, The Same Stream. It was perfect for my choir in every way, and they felt a deep connection to the text he chose to set. It was truly amazing to witness their minds and hearts open. Tom’s visit felt like we were welcoming home a brother. I am eternally grateful for the time he spent with us, and I hope we can do it again soon.”
— Matt Koller, conductor