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Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

Barbara K. Jackson Professor of Choral Music

Jeffrey Thomas, Professor of Music, is conductor of the UC Davis University Chorus, Alumni Chorus, and Chamber Singers. He joined the UCD faculty in 1996, was a recipient of a 2001-2006 Chancellor’s Fellowship, is the first holder of the Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Choral Conducting, and was recently awarded a prestigious Residency at the Bellagio (Italy) Study and Conference Center at Villa Serbelloni.

Professor Thomas is also Artistic and Music Director of the American Bach Soloists & American Bach Choir, with whom he has directed and conducted recordings of more than 25 cantatas, the Mass in B Minor, the Musical Offering, motets, chamber music, and works by Schütz, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Beethoven. He has appeared with the Baltimore, Berkeley, Boston, Detroit, Houston, National, Rochester, Minnesota, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; with the Vienna Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic; with virtually every American baroque orchestra; and in Austria, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Mexico. He has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, Ravinia Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, Boston Early Music Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Göttingen Festival, Tage Alte Musik Festival in Regensburg, E. Nakamichi Baroque Festival in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institution, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, and he has collaborated on several occasions as conductor with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Before devoting all of his time to conducting, he was one of the first recipients of the San Francisco Opera Company’s prestigious Adler Fellowships. Cited by The Wall Street Journal as “a superstar among oratorio tenors”, Mr. Thomas’ extensive discography of vocal music includes dozens of recordings of major works for Decca, EMI, Erato, Koch International Classics, Denon, Harmonia Mundi, Smithsonian, Newport Classics, and Arabesque. Mr. Thomas is an avid exponent of contemporary music, and has premiered song cycles of several new composers, including two cycles written especially for him. He has performed lieder recitals at the Smithsonian, song recitals at various universities, and appeared with his own vocal chamber music ensemble, “L’Aria Viva!”.

Educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music, with further studies in English literature at Cambridge University, he has taught at the Amherst Early Music, Oberlin College Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute, San Francisco Early Music Society, and Southern Utah Early Music Workshops. Formerly on the faculty of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he has presented master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SUNY at Buffalo, Swarthmore College, and Washington University.

Jeremiah Trujillo

Jeremiah Trujillo

Assistant Conductor / Accompanist / T.A.

Jeremiah Trujillo is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and historical musicologist. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Eisner Prize for Music, awarded at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a finalist in the 2013 Carmel Music Society piano competition, held at Sunset Center in Carmel, CA. At the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, he received a special prize for the interpretation of a nineteenth-century Romantic work. He has participated in numerous master classes with distinguished artists including Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the Van Cliburn International piano competition, Nelita True, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music, and John Perry.

Jeremiah is the winner of the 2009 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance, held at California State University, Chico. In 2004 he placed first in the high school division of the North State Symphony’s Young Artists Auditions held in Chico, CA, and at age twelve performed the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto, op. 16 with the North State Symphony in November of that year. He performed at both Laxson Auditorium at CSU, Chico and at the Cascade Theatre in Redding. He gave multiple solo recitals at Redding, CA’s Old City Hall as part of the Performing Arts Society’s monthly concert series. He also has performed at St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland, CA and San Francisco Towers. He recorded an album of Spanish piano works titled “Works by Albéniz, de Falla, Granados, Salazar.”

Jeremiah is an experienced accompanist, playing for XL Choirs of Northern California from 2005 to 2012 under the directorship of Kati Rosten. In Spring 2011, Jeremiah was the accompanist for the Simpson Chorale, one of the choral groups of Simpson University that performs on campus and on tours. Since 2009, he has been an accompanist for the Shasta Vocal Institute, collaborating with singers in performances of art songs and arias, as well as scenes of operas including The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach and West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. Jeremiah has also accompanied the Shasta College Concert and Chamber Choirs.

Jeremiah began his piano studies at age six with Jeannie Neves. Currently he studies with Jacqueline Chew at UC Berkeley and has also studied harpsichord with Katherine Heater and Davitt Moroney. Jeremiah was valedictorian at his graduation from Hope High School at age fourteen. At UC Berkeley, Jeremiah received the Departmental Citation in Music and the Matthew William Fisher Memorial Prize in Music. For his research into the solo piano works of Franz Schubert, he was awarded the 2014 Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. At UC Davis, he was a recipient of the Herbert Kraft Graduate Fellowship.

Jeremiah graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Music with highest distinction. He is currently a Ph.D. student in historical musicology at the University of California, Davis, where his research interests include cultural diplomacy and music, Mexican popular song, and nature musicology. At the 2016 regional meeting in San Francisco of the Society for Ethnomusicology, he presented his paper “‘Pan-American Union, Hollywood, and Hemispheric Solidarity’: Mexican and Spanish Popular Song during the Good Neighbor Policy.” His dissertation focuses on Spanish music during the Edad de Plata. He resides in El Sobrante, CA.