Organist and composer Thomas Fielding, DMus. (b. 1975) is Director of Liturgy and Music for St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, MI and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs’ School of Music where he studied organ with Christopher Young and Larry Smith and composition with David Dzubay and Sven-David Sandström.
He has taken first prize in the national Arthur Poister (Syracuse, NY) and San Marino (CA) performance competitions, has won several national composition prizes, has also been the recipient of several full-tuition scholarship awards at IU and, as an undergraduate, won several music prizes offered by his alma mater Valparaiso University.
He has performed on many of the world’s finest instruments including his return appearance on the Sunday series of St. Paul Cathedral, London, this past August. Additional performing credentials include Coventry Cathedral, the Kathedral Basiliek St. Bavo, Haarlem, Netherlands, St. James Cathedral, Toronto, and on the famed Flentrop “E. Power Biggs” organ at the Adolphus-Busch Hall, Harvard University. He was for four years the Dean of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
As an active and commissioned composer, Dr. Fielding is published with the Choristers’ Guild, EC Schirmer, GIA and Boosey & Hawkes. His works have been performed by soloists, choirs and orchestras in the United States, England, France, Canada and Korea and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. The first commercial recording of his prize-winning piece “Behold the Dark and Bitter Night” has been released on the Gothic label. Most recently his piece “Prelude on BREAD OF LIFE” was one of 16 pieces selected by the competition committee of the 2016 American Guild of Organists national convention in Houston, TX, for inclusion in its Bayou-Büchlein project. This project will be published by Selah Inc. 11 of the selected preludes, including Fielding’s piece, were performed at the 2016 Houston AGO convention.
In his free time, Fielding enjoys cooking, reading, renovating his house and being outdoors with his dog Roxy.