Elmer Thomas at CCM for the occasion of his 80th birthday in October, 2010.

Elmer Thomas at CCM for the occasion of his 80th birthday in October, 2010.

CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble combine at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 in Corbett Auditorium to celebrate the life of Elmer Robert Thomas, a pioneering choral director who left an enduring legacy in Cincinnati. Thomas died of respiratory failure at the age of 81 on June 13, 2012.

Professor emeritus Elmer Thomas founded CCM’s choral studies program over 45 years ago and built it into a program recognized far and wide for its excellence. His caring nature and passion for his art made him an admired mentor by his students and a revered colleague and friend by his peers. He remained director of the program until 1995.

“He often spoke of the joy of living his life surrounded by the great music of great composers, and he frequently reminded his students that in their careers they would always find joy and solace, as needed, in great musical works,” said Earl Rivers, CCM director of choral studies. “Elmer remained my mentor throughout our relationship. He was the first person whose insight and opinions I sought when studying, preparing and executing masterworks for chorus as well as chorus and orchestra.”

Thomas also left a continuing impact on the Greater Cincinnati arts culture with the founding of the Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE), Cincinnati’s only professional chamber choir currently under the direction of Donald Nally. VAE will be joining CCM choirs for the Sept. 30 performance.

The program will consist of choral classics and remembrances, including one of Thomas’ own arrangements, with a welcome from CCM Dean Peter Landgren and remarks from those who knew and worked with Thomas. Faculty and guest conductors will include Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Michael Fuchs, Olga Artemova, Robyn Lana and Donald Nally.

You can learn more about Elmer Thomas here.

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM’s “Celebration of the Life of Elmer Thomas (1930-2012)” are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Concert flex ticket packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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