Thomas Lloyd is a classical conductor, composer, and singer. The premier recording of his 70-minute choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category. He currently is a Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he has directed the combined Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges since 1996. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society since 2000. In addition, he was appointed Director of Music at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in 2010, where he has reconstituted the Cathedral Singers with a core of eight professional choral scholars. He has remained active as a tenor soloist in his role as cantor at the Cathedral and as a recitalist with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia.
As a composer, his works have been performed by the Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia Singers, Lyric Fest, the Keystone State Boychoir, the Bel Canto Children's Choir, and church and school choirs throughout the region. The March 2013 premier of his concert-length choral-theater work Bonhoeffer at the Cathedral by Donald Nally and The Crossing choir was hailed as "an important work" and "a breakthrough for all concerned" and was recently awarded a grant by New Music USA to have the piece recorded by The Crossing in 2015. The recording was followed by three repeat performances by The Crossing to open the internationally acclaimed choir's 10th anniversary season, at Union Theological Seminary in New York (September 12, 2015) and at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (September 13, 2015). The recording has since been nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award in the "Best Choral Performance" category.
In 2011, Lloyd was designated a "Creative Connector" by Leadership Philadelphia, WHYY, and the Knight Foundation for his work developing collaborative projects across cultural divides, both locally and internationally. He has led ten international choir tours involving collaborative concerts with local choirs. His Haverford/Bryn Mawr chamber choir has shared concerts with host choirs in Mexico, Turkey, Ghana, Poland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as well as with the HBCU choirs of Howard, Lincoln, and Fisk Universities. He has led the Bucks County Choral Society on tours to Estonia (for the Estonia Song Fest), Russia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, and Brazil. Choirs under Lloyd’s direction have performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association. He also founded a nationally recognized “Singing for Seniors” program with the Bucks County Choral Society, bringing together senior choirs from all over the county for biannual festivals, with revered children’s choir conductor Helen Kemp as co-leader.
Lloyd has published and presented scholarly articles on topics including the African-American spiritual, sacred jazz for choirs, teaching sacred music in secular contexts, the music of Hans Gal, and cross-cultural tour collaborations. He has been featured on public television and radio throughout the Philadelphia region, most recently in a segment on WHYY's Friday Arts program. Lloyd holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM bassoon), Yale Divinity School (MAR pastoral theology), and the Yale School of Music (MM voice and opera). He also studied at the Tanglewood, Blossom, and Salzburg festivals. Following a ten-year interlude as an IT manager on Wall Street, where he rose to the level of Vice President at Prudential Securities, Lloyd returned to music in the doctoral program in conducting at the University of Illinois, where he completed the DMA in 1994. [click here for complete resume]