Thomas Jaber is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. For the past 24 years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country. In 2007, Jaber was guest conductor in a large festival of choral music in the Sydney Opera House and has also appeared in recitals and operatic programs on the Amalfi coast in Italy and in the Harbin, China International Festival as well as Beijing and Shang-Hai.
Jaber is an honor graduate of Arkansas State University, Indiana University and the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music where he was a member of the faculty from 1976-88. In addition, he was conductor and vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts from 1977-86, and was Music Director of the Temple University Opera Theater from 1986-88.
Thomas Jaber enjoyed a long association with the world-renowned entertainer Fred Waring. He worked as the head pianist at the Waring annual summer workshops with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians at Pennsylvania State University and elsewhere.
As Director of Music and Organist at Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church, he has led Chapelwood’s Chancel Choir in four international concert tours and played for thousands of services of worship throughout his tenure at Chapelwood and elsewhere over a very long career as a church musician. Jaber was the Organist-Choirmaster of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1977-88.
Jaber will make a return visit to the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Maiori, Italy to coach singers and perform in concerts.
Thomas and Andrea Jaber are the parents of Benjamin - Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Patricia - Case Worker for Houston’s Caring Adoptions, and Joseph who is a Freshman at Houston Community College.