Bio
Tom Lopez
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Tom Lopez composes music for soloists, ensembles, electronics, video, and dance. Reviews describe his work as: "…incredibly effective…"…extremely well-written…"...a rich and sensuous piece…"…the rousing orchestral score delivers a resonant rush of adrenaline…" and "…the most artistically satisfying work on the program."

Tom has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Betty Freeman Foundation, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Knight Foundation, the Disney Foundation, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. He has appeared at festivals and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. Tom has been a resident artist at various international centers and his compositions have received critical acclaim and peer recognition including CD releases by Innova, Centaur, Vox Novus, SCI, SEAMUS, Hanson Records, and the Oberlin Label.

Tom teaches in the Contemporary Music Division at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he is Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts in the TIMARA Department (Technology in Music and Related Arts). He is also a Teaching Artist with Avivo, a community of artists dedicated to cultivating creativity through music.

Tom feels grateful to have studied with many influential composition teachers: Gary Nelson, Conrad Cummings, Morton Subotnick, Sal Martirano, Russell Pinkston, and Stephen Montague; and he is especially proud to have learned from a great many talented students.