Thomas LaVoy (b. 1990) is an award-winning composer of contemporary concert music, with particular emphasis on choral composition. In November, 2017 he received his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied with the world-renowned Welsh composer Paul Mealor. Dr. LaVoy’s choral works have been widely commissioned and performed in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland, New Zealand and Taiwan. Recent commissions have included substantial works for the BBC Singers, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Laudamus Chamber Chorale.
Dr. LaVoy’s recent research is primarily focused on the intersection between music and text, cross-cultural musical exchange, and the works of Indian poets Rabindranath Tagore and Sarojini Naidu; the capstone of his PhD was a large work titled Endless, a setting of Tagore’s Nobel Prize-winning collection of poetry, Gitanjali. Dr. LaVoy is also an active singer and resident composer with The Same Stream choir of Philadelphia, conducted by Dr. James Jordan.
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NEW! - Historical Works
I have just launched a new page regarding my endeavors to compose historically-informed works of all kinds. The current project is the Nancy Luce Commission Consortium, an effort to unite choirs around the world to bring to light the remarkable story of Nancy Luce of West Tisbury, Massachusetts. More information on the consortium, including how to participate, can be found at this address.
Past projects have included...
When daylight came... - A work for solo baritone, commissioned by Niall Anderson and the Anderson Clan of Scotland and based on the Private John Anderson's prisoner of war diaries from World War I.
A Child's Requiem - This major work for soprano solo, choir, children's chorus and orchestra was commissioned by the Marquette Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Italian Hall disaster.
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