André J. Thomas

Vancouver Choir Festival 2021 with André J. Thomas

ANDRÉ J. THOMAS, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He previously was a faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin.

He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.

Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive.

Since 1988, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. He has produced two instructional videos “What They See Is What You Get” on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and “Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice” on young voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book “Way Over in Beulah Lan’. Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual” has quickly become a significant source in this area of study. The African Diaspora Sacred Music honored Dr. Thomas as a Living Legend. In 2011, Thomas’ dedication to and accomplishments in the choral arts was recognized by his peers in Chorus America when that the organization presented Dr. Thomas with its Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2017, ACDA presented Thomas with its highest honor the Robert Shaw Award, and finally in November of 2017 NCCO presented Thomas with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is a past president of the Florida ACDA and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA, and currently, he is the National President-Elect of the American Choral Directors Association.