Regular Full and Part Time Faculty, Ensemble Directors
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
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.