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Diane Thome   



Composer of a wide variety of works which span solo, chamber, choral, orchestral and electronic media, Diane Thome is the first woman to write computer-synthesized music. Her compositions have been presented in Europe, China, Australia, Israel, Canada and throughout the United States. She has been the guest of the Ecole Nationale Claude Debussy and featured on French radio, composer-in-residence at the University of Sussex and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East, and an invited composer at International Computer Music Festivals, and many others. Her collaborative works include NIGHT PASSAGE, an environmental theatre piece presented in the pavilion of the Moore College of Arts in Philadelphia and ANGELS for virtual reality artwork shown at the Biennale des Arts Electroniques in Paris. Her music has been recorded on the CRI, Crystal Records, Opus One, Capstone, and Centaur labels, including PALACES OF MEMORY, an 18-year retrospective of her electro-acoustic music on the Centaur label. Recent performances of THE PALACES OF MEMORY for chamber orchestra and tape have been given by the Memphis Symphony at the Society of Composers National Conference and by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Diane Thome is the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in music from Princeton where she also received an M.F.A. in composition. Other degrees include an M.A. in theory and composition from the University of Pennsylvania and two undergraduate degrees with distinction in piano and composition from the Eastman School of Music. Among her teachers are Dorothy Taubman in piano, Robert Strassburg, Roy Hams, Darius Milhaud, A. U. Boscovich, and Milton Babbitt in composition. Thome has served as composer panelist for the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Illinois State Arts Councils; co-chair of the NEA Composer Fellowship program; Regional Chair of the Society of Composers, Inc.; and composer board member of The College Music Society. In 1994 she was named Washington State Composer of the year by the Music Teachers National Association. She is a member of American Composers Alliance and Broadcast Music, Inc.

Dr. Thome has been a UW faculty member since 1977 and is Professor and Chair of the Composition/Theory Division in the School of Music of the University of Washington

Selected Commissions


  • Bright Air/ Brilliant Fire for flute (alto flute) and tape. IAMA Series, SAI Philanthropies, Inc.
  • The Palaces of Memory for large chamber ensemble and tape. Commissioned by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
  • Angels for virtual reality artwork. Commissioned by Nicole Stenger
  • The Ruins of the Heart for soprano, orchestra and tape. Commissioned by the University Symphony
  • Into Her Embrace - Musings on Savitri for solo tape. Commissioned by the Sri Aurobindo Learning Center.
  • Lucent Flowers for soprano and chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony.
  • Veils for solo tape. Electronic Arts Symposium, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.
  • Cassia Blossoms for soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello. Commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference of the East, Bennington, VT.
  • Ringing, Stillness, Pearl Light for piano and tape. Commissioned by Deborah Dewey, Alberto Rafols, Joel Salsman.
  • Stepping Inward for oboe, English horn, viola, harp, guitar, mandolin. Commissioned by the Marzena Ensemble.
  • Levadi (Alone) for soprano and tape. Commissioned by Belle Art Concerts.
  • To Search the Spacious World for violin or viola and tape. Commissioned by Adele Auriol.
  • The Golden Messengers for full orchestra. Commissioned for the Seattle Youth Symphony.
  • Pianismus for piano solo.
  • Silver Deer for violin and piano. Commissioned by Irwin Eisenberg. Mu Phi Epsilon; Guest Composer Concert; Seattle, Washington
  • The Yew Tree for soprano and large chamber ensemble. Commissioned by Orchestra of Our Time, New York City.
  • Three Psalms for SATB Choir, baritone soloist, flute, violin viola, harp, violoncello. Commissioned by Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Seattle.


  • The Ruins of the Heart: Centaur Records, CD.
  • Three Psalms: Capstone Records, CD; ( Society of Composers, Inc. )
  • Levadi (Alone) / Stepping Inward / Ringing, Stillness, Pearl Light / Veils: Opus One. The Yew Tree: Crystal Records. Anais: CRI. Los Nombres: Tulstar Records


All works published by American Composers Alliance & licensed by Broadcast Music, Inc.

  • Chamber Music
    • Cassia Blossoms (soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello) 9"
    • Stepping Inward (ob/English horn, viola, harp, guitar, mandolin) 7"
    • Silver Deer (violin, piano) 8 1/2"
  • Electronic Music
    • The Ruins of the Heart (soprano, orchestra, tape) 18"
    • Veils (solo tape) 7"
    • Ringing, Stillness, Pearl Light (piano, tape) 13"
    • Levadi (Alone) (soprano and tape) 10 1/2"
    • Musings On Savitri (solo tape) 16"
    • To Search the Spacious World (violin/ viola, tape) 13 1/2"
    • Winter Infinities (seven performers, tape) 14"
    • Sunflower Space (flute, piano, tape) 9 1/2"
    • Anais (cello, piano, tape) 9"
    • Alexander Boscovich Remembered (violin,piano,tape) 10"
  • Multimedia Compositions
    • Angels (virtual reality artwork)
    • Night Passage (environmental theatre piece)
  • Orchestral Music
    • Indra's Net 18"
    • The Golden Messengers 13 1/2"
  • Solo Piano
    • Pianismus 10"
  • Choral Music
    • Three Psalms (SATB choir, baritone soloist, flute, violin, viola, violoncello, harp) 10"
  • Vocal Works
    • Lucent Flowers (soprano and chamber orchestra) 16"
    • Three Sonnets by Sri Aurobindo: Settings for soprano and orchestra. 20"
    • The Yew Tree (soprano, large chamber ensemble) 10"
    • Songs on Chinese Verses (soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion (3)) 6 1/2"

Further Information

Contact Information

School of Music
Box 353450
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Annual Updates



Diane Thome’s latest commission is from The Esoterics for an a cappella work based on a Sanskrit text. The premiere and additional performances of All This took place in Seattle and Tacoma, WA, on April 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2005. Thome is the subject of an article in the New Grove’s Dictionary of Music and has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education. She was an invited speaker at the Music Teachers National Association Convention held in Seattle, WA, in April 2005. You are invited to visit the composer’s website at


Through Amber for clarinet and computer-realized sound was heard at the Most Significant Bytes Festival at Mount Union College in Alliance, OH, on November 18, 2004, with James Perone. Bright Air/Brilliant Fire for flute and computer-realized sound was presented December 1 by Lindsay Jones and the New Music Ensemble, University of Utah. Estuaries of Enchantment for oboe and computer-realized sound was performed on April 2, 2005 by Sue Tomkiewicz, University of Texas, Austin.


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