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Regular Full and Part Time Faculty, Ensemble Directors

Thomas Stumpf
Opera Ensemble Director

Thomas Stumpf received his degrees in piano performance from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He won concerto competitions at both institutions, and was awarded the Bösendorfer Prize (Vienna, 1970) and the Lilli Lehmann Medal (Salzburg, 1972). His performing career has taken him across four continents and he is featured on six CD's.

Stumpf's repertoire ranges from Bach to the avant-garde; he has conducted several Mozart concerti from the keyboard, and performed the complete solo piano works of Mozart at Boston University during the 1991-92 season and at UMass Lowell in 2006-7. He has premiered many compositions by contemporary American composers and has performed with such luminaries as Rita Streich, Edith Mathis, D'Ann Fortunato, Richard Stoltzman, Jack Brymer, Walter Trampler and Leslie Parnas. He has also appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra (under Arthur Fiedler), Alea III (under Theodore Antoniou), and numerous other ensembles.

Stumpf's compositions have appeared on concert programs in Boston, throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany and the U.S.S.R.; in 1992 he won the Kahn Award for his music theater project "Dark Lady," on section of which was recorded on the Neuma label by soprano Joan Heller. Most recently his choral work "Though I walk" was premiered at St. Bartholomew's in New York City by the Pharos Music Project.

He is Director of Music at Follen Church in Lexington, MA, where he has conducted many major choral works. His experience at Follen has led to his first book: a collection of essays entitled "A Sounding Mirror: Courage and Music in our Time," published in 2005 by Higganum Hill Books. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Prism Opera, and has conducted and directed Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" (in his own translation), as well as operas by Britten, Vaughan-Williams and Holst.

Stumpf has taught piano at the New England Conservatory, UMass Lowell (where he was head of the keyboard department), and Boston University (where he was Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department). He regularly gives master-classes at the Musikschule in Mannheim, Germany.

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