Thomas M. Sleeper

Title/Position: Professor, Instrumental Performance and Program Director, Orchestral Activities

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Receiving the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

  2. Performing Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Walter Ducloux

  3. Conducting the Beijing premiere of Mahler Symphony No. 5

  4. Conducting at the historic Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow

  5. Hearing my works performed in the Philharmonic in Berlin

What advice would you give an aspiring young musician?

Always play with people better than you.

Which music do you listen to in your car? (or What’s on your iPod?)

I have an incredibly eclectic taste in music and listen to everything from classics and world music to the most raw Indie productions. A recent shuffle on my iPod included the RX Bandits, Värtina, Bach, Schnitke and James Joyce reading from Ulysses.

Thomas Sleeper enjoys a dual career as composer and conductor. An active guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad, Sleeper has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the

  * Central Philharmonic Orchestra
  * Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony
  * San Juan Symphony Orchestra
  * Ruse State Philharmonic
  * New Philharmonic

In August 2007, Sleeper recorded his film score for the movie One Water with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow.

In November 2007, Sleeper’s Concerto for Horn received its European premiere with the Berlin Sinfonie Schönberg at the famous Berlin Philharmonie—home of the Berlin Philharmoniker. And, in Fall 2008 Sleeper’s Symphony No. 1 was premiered in Dallas, Texas.

A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by American composers, including

  * Henry Brant
  * Carlos Surinach
  * Robert Xavier Rodriguez
  * Roberto Sierra

He has recorded for:

  * Albany
  * Centaur
  * Cane
  * Irida
  * Vienna Modern Master

and has had received excellent reviews in:

  * Fanfare
  * Gramophone
  * The American Record Guide

Prof. 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.

Sleeper resides in Miami, Florida, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities at the Frost School of Music, conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, and Music Director for the Florida Youth Orchestra.

Short Biography
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. 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.  Today Thomas Sleeper resides in Miami, Florida, where he enjoys a busy dual career as a composer and conductor. He is the conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and 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 American composers, including Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, and Roberto Sierra.  Thomas Sleeper’s original compositions have received excellent reviews in Fanfare, Gramophone and The American Record Guide.  His Concerto for French Horn and Symphony No. 1 were recently premiered.


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"Thomas Sleeper is a conductor of persuasive fluency and fiery conviction.” —Miami Herald


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