Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director
National Menís Chorus
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037
Thomas Beveridge, Founder and Artistic Director of the National Men's Chorus, has had a distinguished and versatile career in music. He attended Harvard College, where he studied musical composition with Walter Piston and Randall Thompson and choral conducting with G. Wallace Woodworth. He also studied conducting and composition with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France.
His career as a professional singer has included performances throughout the United States and Europe. He has sung as bass soloist with all of the major Washington choral societies and in recital at the Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery with three entire concerts of his own songs, and the Library of Congress in an appearance with the Emerson String Quartet in his own Serenade for Baritone and String Quartet.
Mr. Beveridge has written over 600 original compositions and arrangements, including 150 arrangements for men's voices, many of which have been recorded on the Gothic label in critically acclaimed recordings. His Yizkor Requiem has attracted international attention and has been hailed as a major contribution to the choral repertoire. It has been released on the Naxos International label in a performance by the Choral Arts Society of Washington. A recording by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, also on Naxos label, was recently released to critical acclaim.
The world premiere of Beveridge's Symphony of Peace on November 10, 2002, performed by New Dominion Chorale to a full house at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, was hailed in The Washington Post as showing a technical mastery ... that brought to mind the wizardry of Gustav Mahler.
Mr. Beveridge has been Director of Choral Activities at George Mason University and Chorus Master of the Washington Opera. He has been bass soloist and composer for the Harvard Glee Club, soloist and arranger for the U.S. Army Chorus, and Music Director of the Washington Men's Camerata. Last year he was presented with the first Wammie@ awarded for the category composer by the Washington Area Music Awards. He was recently honored at a ceremony at the French Embassy for Adistinguished contributions to the artistic vibrancy of Washington's choral music.
Mr. Beveridge is artistic director of the 240-voice New Dominion Chorale and music director of Western Presbyterian Church.