Location: New York, USA
Thom Snell is Music Director at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, the third-largest church in the Unitarian Universalist denomination. He holds a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College. In August, 2013, Thom was one of 12 international conductors selected to participate in the Conducting 21C program during the Music and Humanity Symposium at the Eric Ericson International Choral Centre in Stockholm, Sweden. Thom has participated in masterclasses and workshops with William Weinert, Ivars Taurins, Jeanne Lamon, Paul Tucker, Lone Larson, and Andre de Quadros. As a baritone soloist, he specializes in baroque oratorio and American art song. Recent solo engagements include Dvořák's Te Deum, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert's Mass in G, and Handel's Messiah. He has performed as a choral singer with the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Staatskapelle Berlin. Passionate about vocal pedagogy, he maintains a private voice studio. When he's not making music, Thom enjoys molecular gastronomy, textile arts, and pre-prohibition mixology.