Erie Philharmonic names new choir director

New director began career in Erie

ERIE, Pa. - Entering its 65th season, the Erie Philharmonic Chorus (EPC) is honored to announce the hiring of new choir director Thomas Brooks.

As a conductor and clinician Mr. Brooks has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Salzburg Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria. In the Northeast he is well-known as a choral conductor, voice teacher, college professor, opera conductor, and clinician.

After completing graduate work at New England Conservatory, he began his career in Erie (PA), where he organized and conducted the Mercyhurst College Choir and Chamber Singers. He was also chosen as the conductor of the Symphonic Singers of Erie in their twenty-fifth anniversary season. After three years, he moved to the Hartt School of Music in Hartford (CT) where he conducted the Hartt Chorale, the Collegiate Singers, the Hartt Touring Opera Theatre, the University Civic Chorus and Chamber Choir, and the Collegium Musicum.

Over the next several years, Mr. Brooks held top choral positions at Texas Tech University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Gordon College in Massachusetts. Additionally, from 1999-2013, he served as Director of Music for Traditional Services at the historic Park Street Church in Boston. After retiring from his full-time teaching and church positions in Boston, his home base is now a 150-acre farm in Erie, which he shares with his wife soprano Susan Brooks and their dog Barkley. Mr. Brooks continues his work as a clinician for choirs, leading choral workshops, conducting Lyricora, and overseeing the Salzburg Institute.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Tom’s stature, experience and good nature to this position. I look forward to working closely with him as we look to create bigger and better things for our amazing chorus. We already have quite a season planned,” says Steve Weiser, Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic.

Mr. Brooks was selected from a very competitive field of applicants from across the country.

For more details, visit eriephil.org/chorus


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