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Patty Thom

Chair, Voice & Opera | Voice Faculty

Patty Thom earned a B.M. from the University of North Dakota and a M.M. from Boston University. She also trained at L'Ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland and studied Korean language at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (California). Thom also studied voice with Joan Heller, Phyllis Curtin and Richard Cassilly and acting and voice training with Kristin Linklater, Brent Blair and Christopher von Baeyer. She studied piano with Carmen Leerstang, Allen Rogers and Anthony DiBonaventura and was a student in masterclasses with Arlene Auger, Carlo Bergonzi, Helen Boatwright, Hugues Cuenod, Irwin Gage (Cleveland Art Song Festival), Margo Garrett, Benjamin Luxon and David Willison.

Thom has given recitals and performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Asia and served as artistic ambassador for the United States Information Agency. She has premiered new works by Andy Vores, as well as for the composers' consortia NuClassix, Extension Works and Underground Composers. Thom has been trained in Linklater work (Freeing the Natural Voice) and yoga (Kripalu) as well as Alexander® Technique, Feldenkrais and Trager practices. She is former musical staff at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists' Vocal Program. She is also the former music director at the Walnut Hill School, where she was the director of the New England Conservatory (NEC)/Walnut Hill Joint Program. She has been chair of Voice and Opera at The Boston Conservatory since 2003.

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