thomas albert has been an active composer for over five decades; his music has been performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Brazil, Japan and Korea. 
        His best-known work, Thirteen Ways, was the first commission offered by the Grammy-winning ensemble, eighth blackbird. The piece is based on Wallace Stevens’ poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” from which the ensemble derived its name, and is the title work of their premier recording for Cedille Records, Thirteen Ways. He received a bicentennial composer grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Lizbeth, which was subsequently a finalist in the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition. Two of his works, A Maze (With Grace), and Devil’s Rain, are included on the CD, On Edge, by the Philadelphia new music ensemble, Relâche; the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s recording of Night Music was released in 2007.
Recent commissions include three from the 21st Century Consort: Characters, Illuminations and The Devil’s Handyman; Night Music for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Anonymous Fame for the Washington Saxophone Quartet. He received the 2009 Virginia Music Teachers’ Association commissioning award for No Chance (percussion ensemble).
Albert is Professor Emeritus at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, where he taught composition and musical theatre for 42 years, and is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. He has been a guest composer and master teacher at the University of Oklahoma, Northern Illinois University, Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), University of Richmond, and Oberlin College.
He has served as music director and conductor for more than 100 musicals for Shenandoah Conservatory and Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, including recent productions of The Boy Friend, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Curtains, Damn Yankees, A Chorus Line, Seussical, Show Boat, Andrew Lippa’s “Wild Party,” Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Hairspray, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Working, and Sunday in the Park with George.
He has composed incidental music for several plays, most recently for the Short North Stage (Columbus OH) production of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika. Other incidental music includes The Elephant Man, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingburd, Metamorphoses, Peer Gynt, Three Sisters, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
    Thomas Albert was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Barton College and the University of Illinois. His principal composition teachers were William Duckworth, Paul Martin Zonn and Ben Johnston. He is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance-International (Executive Committee 2003-2010, Vice-President, 2008-2010) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
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