Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Jan 6th 2006 to Jan 18th 2006 | Nov 5th 2006 to Nov 14th 2006 | Jul 5th 2007 to Jul 16th 2007
  • PRACTICE : Composer/Musician
  • FROM : USA

Tom Morgan, the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ars Nova Singers, of Boulder, Colorado, has been acknowledged as a leading interpreter of new music in Colorado. Under his leadership the choir has become one of the premiere ensembles in the region.

Mr. Morgan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Colorado. He currently serves as Music Director of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder. Mr. Morgan has studied choral and orchestral conducting with Dale Warland, Helmut Rilling, Giora Bernstein, and has taken master classes with Eric Ericson and Herbert Blomstedt.

In addition to his work with Ars Nova, Morgan has assembled and prepared choruses for the Boulder Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and the Colorado MahlerFest, working with such eminent coductors as Margaret Hillis, Giora Bernstein, Dale Warland, Robert Olson, and Simon Carrington. As a guest conductor, Morgan has led the Colorado Music Festival’s Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Sinfonia, the St. Cecilia Singers, a University of Colorado faculty composer’s chamber ensemble, and the Denver Bach Ensemble. In October of 1992, he was invited to conduct a chamber ensemble at the International George Crumb Festival, with the composer present.

As a composer, Mr. Morgan received the prestigious BMI Award (1987) for his composition Psalm 88 for orchestra and mixed chorus. His choral work Four Poems of e. e. cummings was presented on the opening program of the eighth Internacional Musica Nueva festival in Mexico City. He is the composer, arranger, and editor of numerous church anthems.

Under his leadership, Ars Nova Singers has received significant national recognition: the ensemble was invited to perform in the studios of National Public Radio on their March, 2006 East Coast tour. Also, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music selected the Ars Nova Singers for funding in 2003 and 2004. Ars Nova has released nine independent recordings on compact disc, and performed on seven internationally released recordings with Boulder composer and instrumentalist Bill Douglas.