Spotlight Series: Christopher Thomas & Denny DiBlasio
October 3 @ 7:30 pm EDT$5 – $10
Join us for a classical jazz salad!
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About the Artists
Christopher B. Thomas is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, Artistic Director of the 130+ voice Greater South Jersey Chorus in Haddonfield, NJ, and past-president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (NJACDA). At Rowan University, Dr. Thomas oversees the curricular choirs and conducts the Rowan University Concert Choir, the flagship choral ensemble of the department of music, and Voces, a chamber ensemble which performs early, contemporary, and improvisatory projects. Additionally, Dr. Thomas teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Under his direction, choirs at Rowan University have performed at regional and state conferences of ACDA and NJMEA and internationally on tours throughout Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland. Recent highlights of the choral program have included successful Tenor|Bass Festivals which host hundreds of young tenors and basses, a performance by the Concert Choir for the 2020 Eastern Division ACDA conference in Rochester, NY in the beautiful Hochstein School of Music, and collaborations with the Rowan Opera Company, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. Dr. Thomas studied music education at Millikin University with Dr. Brad Holmes and earned his graduate degrees in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer.
Denis DiBlasio received his Master’s degree from the University of Miami. ‘Denny’ is the Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan University. He is a saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger, Full Professor and Director of the Jazz Performance and Composition Programs at Rowan University. An internationally acclaimed performer, clinician and educator for the Yamaha Music Corporation of America. Denny is a published author of five texts on jazz improvisation, recording artist for Encounter and RadScape Records with 12 CDs under his own name. He is creator of various articles, is a YouTube presenter and composer of etude books for flute, clarinet and saxophone. Denny’s online program Composer’s Bootcamp is available through Northeastern Music Publications. His compositions, articles and arrangements are available through publishers Jamey Aebersold, Belwin, Hal Leonard, Kendor, Doug Beach, Roncorp, Vandoren, Kjos, Northeastern Music, Warner Brothers, Flute Talk and Saxophone Journal.
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