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Thom Ritter George was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he showed an early interest in composition at the age of 10. He was awarded Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America. He has written over 350 works from simple songs to large symphonic compositions.
From 1966 to 1970, Dr. George served as composer-arranger for the United States Navy Band (Washington, D.C.). During the period 1970 to 1983, he was Music Director and Conductor of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra (Quincy, Illinois). From 1983 to 2007, Dr. George served as Music Director of the Idaho State Civic Symphony. Since 2007, Thom Ritter George has been engaged with orchestral guest conducting and new compositions.
Thom Ritter George is presently composing a cello sonata for Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This work is part of George’s long term project to compose a sonata for every orchestra instrument.
Cimarosa Suite, CN 332. Suite 212 concert at First United Methodist Church in Pocatello, ID on 2/8/10. First Suite in F, CN 285 by Belle Valley Community Band in Imlay City, MI on 4/20/10, by Eastman Wind Orchestra conducted by Mark D. Scatterday at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY on 5/3/10, by the University of Washington Winds conducted by Vu Nguyen at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA on 6/8/10, and by the Seward Concert Band at the Lake Harriet Bank Shell in Minneapolis, MN on 6/10/10.
Thom Ritter George’s Second Suite in C (band), CN 318, is in publication production at Ludwig Music Publishers, Cleveland, OH
Sonata for Horn and Piano, CN 327B, was introduced October 16, 2008, by hornist Alexander George and pianist Megan McElroy, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Six American Folk Songs, CN 341, was presented November 14, 2008, by flutist Patricia George and pianist Cary Lewis in a Greater Portland Flute Society concert, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Beaverton, OR. Irv Wagner performed Sonata for Trombone and Piano, CN 292, January 20, 2009, University of Oklahoma, Norman. The brass ensemble work Aria and Dance, CN 263, received a performance March 1, from James Martin (solo trombone) and the Danish Youth Trombones, Soroe slotskirke, Denmark; and April 21, from the Brass Ensemble of the San Francisco (CA) Conservatory of Music. Tubamobile, CN 348, was heard in a March 20 performance by the Stephen F. Austin State University Tuba-Euphonium Octet, under the direction of J.D. Salas, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Sextet, CN 208 was presented April 21 by Stephen Mead, euphonium, and the Northwind Quintet, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
Second Suite in C, CN 318, for band, Ludwig Music.
Concerto for Oboe, CN350, was introduced July 25, 2008, by Robert Stephenson and the Utah Symphony, under the direction of David Cho, Deer Valley Music Festival, Park City, UT.
Sonata for Baritone Horn and Piano, CN139, was presented by euphonium player Lacy Brown on January 23, 2008, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. Tubist Heather Noyes and pianist Anatoly Sheludyakov performed Sonata for Tuba and Piano, CN307, March 6, University of Georgia, Athens. Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, CN176, was heard in a concert by Evan Conroy and the University Symphony Orchestra led by Bruce Uchimura, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II of the Cleveland (OH) Institute of Music, conducted by Melissa Lichter, presented First Suite in F for band, CN285, May 6, Severance Hall, Cleveland. Legend for flute and orchestra, CN357, was performed June 22 by Patricia George and the Sewanee (TN) Philharmonia, under the direction of Bruce Dinkins, Sewanee (TN) Summer Music Festival.