Thomas Priest


Chair, Region 1; Member, Board of Directors
Elected November 2015; term ends November 2018

Thomas Priest serves as the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. In addition to his administrative duties, he directs the music education program, serves as professor of bassoon, and offers coursework on elementary and secondary music methods. His research has focused on developing frameworks for improvisation and composition in music classes, and has led to publications in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, The Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Professor Priest previously served as Higher Education Vice President for the Utah Music Educators Association and as the Chair of the Creativity Special Research Interest Group for NAfME. He previously taught music in the Colorado Public Schools and the Anglican International School of Jerusalem.

As a bassoonist, he has performed on four continents, and regularly performs at the International Double Reed Society’s (IDRS) Annual Conference with the RK Bassoon Ensemble and as a soloist. Most recently he performed with the RK Bassoon Quartet at IDRS 2017, held at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2016, he offered the Spanish premier of his composition Running the Green for Bassoon and Piano in Malaga, Spain, and premiered this same work at IDRS 2015 in Tokyo. He previously served as Principal Bassoonist with the Jerusalem Symphony and Co-Principal Bassoonist with the Santiago Philharmonic.

Professor Priest holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Master of Music degree in Bassoon from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Posted December 2015