Conductor and composer Thomas Sleeper is hailed as “a conductor of persuasive fluency and fiery conviction” by The Miami Herald, and his music has been described as, “hauntingly mysterious,” “richly lyrical,” and “soaring.” An advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted premieres of works by composers Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Roberto Sierra. As guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad, he has appeared with orchestras including Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, San Juan (Argentina) Symphony Orchestra, Ruse State Philharmonic, and the China-Wuhan Symphony.
Sleeper’s compositional output includes six operas, 13 concerti, three symphonies, four orchestral song cycles, choral works with orchestra, three string quartets, numerous vocal and instrumental chamber works, and music for film. His compositions are widely performed, and acclaimed in Fanfare, Gramophone, and The American Record Guide. His music for the documentary One Water, recorded by the Russian National Orchestra, has appeared in theaters and on television worldwide.
Sleeper is professor of instrumental performance and program director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he also teaches instrumental conducting. He conducts the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Opera Theater, and is music director for the Florida Youth Orchestra.