Mid-Shore Music: William Thomas and his Ten Years with Tidewater Singers

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While William Thomas was professionally trained as an organist when he joined the Talbot County Public Schools District in 1986, his assignment to direct choirs and music theatre at Easton High School led him to a love affair with choral work and the challenges and delights that come with leading large groups of gifted singers.

That passion didn’t go away when he decided to move to Chesapeake College in 2008 to become an associate professor of music. The difficulty came with the realization that the community college did not have an active choral group at that time. He, therefore, reached out to the Tidewater Singers based in Talbot County to rekindle his love affair with cappella and major choral works.

And for the last ten years he has been the Tidewater Singers director, guiding the twenty-five person volunteer choral group through the classic repertoire starting from the 16th Century to the most recent hits from Broadway.

The Spy spent some time with the St. Michaels resident in his classroom at Chesapeake College to talk about this remarkable decade of enjoyment as he describes the joy that comes with using the human voice as its own musical instrument and remarkable fellowship that comes with music.

The Tidewater Singers will be offering their Spring Concert May 11, 12 and 13 this year in both Talbot and Queen Anne’s County with the time of “Love Songs Through the Ages.”

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the Tidewater Singers please visit their website here

TIDEWATER SINGERS
LOVE SONGS through the Ages
William Thomas, director and Lyn Banghart, Accompanist

Friday, May 11, 7:30pm
Trinity Cathedral
315 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD

Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
502 S. Morris St., Oxford, MD

Sunday, May 13, 4:00pm
St. Pauls Episcopal Church
301 S. Liberty St., Centreville, MD

TICKETS for Friday and Sunday:
$12 in advance at tidewatersingers.org and at Crackerjacks, $15 at door, students free
There will be a Good Will Offering on Saturday
Reservations at 1-888-752-0023

 

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