NY based composer and teaching artist


Thomas Cabaniss
…writes for opera, theater, dance, film, and the concert stage. His song “An Old Story” with text by Tracy K. Smith was premiered as part of Carnegie Hall’s Ode to Joy: A Global Concert, performed by Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet Séguin. Recent commissions include Trinity Pass (pianoSonoma); Double Rainbow, a concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra), One Silken Thread for Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine; four works for Carnegie Hall’s orchestra education program (LinkUp!), and My Song Is A Fire, an oratorio for the Fairfield County Chorale. Other works include The Reclamation, Noise + Speed, It’s All True, and The Short-Cut for choreographer Hilary Easton. The Sandman, a chamber opera based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, was premiered at the Connelly Theater in New York in over thirty performances. 
His theater scores include: The American Plan (Broadway), Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages, Studio Arena Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival); Old Comedy (Classic Stage Co. and Target Margin) Mamba's Daughters (Target Margin Theater, Spoleto Festival USA); Galileo (Yale Repertory Theater); The Guest Lecturer (George Street Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire, A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); Pericles, The Marriage of Bette & Boo, Twelfth Night (Center Stage, Baltimore). His concert music has been performed by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and over 100 orchestras in the U.S. and around the world. 
He helped to create Moving Star, a vocal improvisation laboratory in residence at the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall, and over the last five years it has produced and Blessing, an interactive singing experience, and operas for babies (Otoyotoy, Nooma, Camille's Rainbow) all with libretto by Zoe Palmer. 
He has written for The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and those commissions have been performed around the country. He serves on the theory faculty of The Juilliard School and as a consultant for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, where he helped to create The Lullaby Project, collaborating with young parents in shelters, hospitals, and prisons.

Describe your music

tonal music with influences from the South Carolina Lowcountry

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