Albert, Thomas

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Thomas Albert has been an active composer for over five decades. His one-act opera, “Lizbeth,” was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Two of his works, “A Maze (With Grace)” and “Devil’s Rain”, are included on the Philadelphia ensemble Relâche’s album, On Edge. His best-known work, “Thirteen Ways”, was commissioned by the Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and is availble on their debut album, “Thirteen Ways”. He has composed incidental music for many plays, including the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH) production of Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2. Born in Lebanon, PA, he holds degrees from Barton College and the University of Illinois. His principal composition teachers were William Duckworth, Paul Martin Zonn and Ben Johnston. He is Professor Emeritus of Composition and Musical Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory (of Shenandoah University), and Producing Artistic Director of Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.