Thomas 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 is conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Opera Theater, and music director for the Florida Youth Orchestra. A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by composers Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, and Roberto Sierra. An active guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad, he has appeared with countless orchestras including the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, San Juan (Argentina) Symphony Orchestra, Ruse State Philharmonic and the China-Wuhan Symphony.
Hailed by the Miami Herald as “a conductor of persuasive fluency and fiery conviction,” Sleeper enjoys an active dual career as conductor and composer. “Hauntingly mysterious,” “richly lyrical” and “soaring melodies” are all phrases used to describe his compositional style. His output includes six operas, thirteen concerti, three symphonies, four orchestral song cycles, choral works with orchestra, three string quartets, numerous other vocal and instrumental chamber works and music for film. His compositions are widely performed and have received excellent reviews in Fanfare, Gramophone, and The American Record Guide. His music for the documentary film One Water was recorded by the Russian National Orchestra and has appeared throughout the world both in theaters and on television.
Maestro Sleeper began his professional career as a member of Fermata, a group of composer-performers who presented an annual series of concerts throughout Texas. At age 22, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony and the Southern Methodist University Chamber Orchestra and Opera Theatre.