Dr. Thomas King, tenor, has performed over 50 roles in opera, operetta and musicals from 1969 to 2021, including the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, The Conferencier in Cabaret, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, and Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio. He was often engaged as soloist for oratorios. He has presented solo recitals in over 15 states and Germany and Austria. He was a faculty member and later the Artistic Director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He has been engaged as a voice professor at Austin Peay State University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and DePauw University School of Music.
American Institute of Musical studies
After attending AIMS himself in 1980, Thomas King sang professionally in Germany for five years, performing over 400 times on various opera house stages. Among his roles are: Pedrillo in “Abduction from the Seraglio,” Beppo in “I Pagliacci,” the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel,” Rosillon in “The Merry Widow,” Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus,” and the Conferencier in “Cabaret,” as well as many other operetta roles. Since returning from Germany he has sung in five world premier operas in the last fourteen years, three of which were written especially for him. Dr. King taught every summer for over 25 years at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz , Austria and was the (Co)-Artistic Director for seven years before retiring in September 2010. He continues to be a board member and oversees the archives of AIMS, maintaining all memorabilia from 1968 to the present. He has researched the German speaking opera system and networking in the opera profession for over 30 years.
Phi Mu Alpha
Dr. Thomas King was the faculty advisor for the Theta Tau chapter at Austin Peay State University for 24 years. From 1994 to 2003 he was the Governor and the Deputy Province Governor from 2003 to 2014. He was awarded the honor of being named a SIGNATURE SINFONIAN, one of only seven men in the nation that year. Dr. King was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha in 1965 in the Xi chapter at the University of Kansas. His best friend, Cecil Cole, encouraged him to join and this brotherhood also helped King to decide to become a music major. King has been active in colonizing chapters at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University and Northwest Mississippi Community College. One of his most memorable experiences was attending the 100th birthday of the fraternity in Boston, MA in October 1998. Visiting Ossian Everett Mills’ grave and meeting the grandson and great-granddaughters of Mills was a distinct pleasure and honor. Dr. King has also been honored by Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Affiliate.