Thomas Dawkins is a magna cum laude graduate in Music with Highest Honors from Brandeis University, where he became the first winner of the Ira Gershwin Prize for excellence in musical performance. He has appeared as piano soloist with several area orchestras including the New England Philharmonic, Brandeis Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School Preparatory Orchestra, and has given solo recitals around Massachusetts, including at the Newton Free Library. Also a respected collaborative pianist and vocal coach, he maintains a private studio and has worked at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge and with the studios of Robert Honeysucker, Pamela Wolfe, and D'Anna Fortunato. In collaborations with his colleagues, he has performed at MIT, the Longy School of Music, Brandeis University, the Peabody Library, the Lexington First Church concert series, the International Rachmaninoff Russian Music Festival, the Lexington Museum of Our National Heritage (as a guest artist with Lexington Ballet Theater), and many more. He is also the music director for the Congregational Church of Harvard, UCC.
As a classical singer, he is a member of the choruses of both the Handel & Haydn Society (with whom he has made two recordings) and Boston Baroque, and has also sung as a bass-baritone soloist with Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (Schaunard in La Bohème, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pish-Tush in Mikado, Messiah), Mass Theatrica (Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Schaunard in La Bohème, Father in Hansel and Gretel), Worcester Opera Works (Pooh-Bah in Mikado, for which he received the accolade of being “a resonant marvel”), Longwood Opera, Chorus Pro Musica (Messiah), Paul Madore Chorale (Fauré Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem), The Master Singers of Lexington (Hovahness Look Toward the Sea), Nashoba Chorale (the title role in Dido and Aeneas), Belmont Open Sings (Haydn Paukenmesse, Mozart Mass in c), Boston Repertory Orchestra (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), Assabet Valley Mastersingers (Messiah), and The Masterworks Chorale (Bach Mass in b minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Messiah). In the past, he was a member of The Orpheus Singers, Opera Aperta and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops). He has most notably sung in recital at the Salem Arts Festival, the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and at the Longfellow House.
Mr. Dawkins has appeared as a conductor and music director with the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players, at the Salem Arts Festival, leading three operas at the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society 35th Anniversary Sing-Out, and at Mass Theatrica. He is also a professional wind player having performed on bassoon, contrabassoon, saxophone, oboe and English horn with ensembles such as Symphony Pro Musica, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Concord Orchestra (where he was acting principal), the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and the Minuteman Chamber Orchestra. He played timpani and percussion with a dozen ensembles, and has also pinch-hit as a violist from time to time.