Tom Lopez teaches at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts. He is also the Director of the Computer Music Program at The Walden School.
Tom has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Knight Foundation, the Disney Foundation, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and a Fulbright Fellowship as composer-in-residence at the Centre International de Recherche Musical in Nice, France. He has appeared at festivals and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. Tom has served on the executive committee of SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) and was president of the Texas Computer Musicians Network. He has been a resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Copland House, Villa Montalvo, and Djerassi. His compositions have received critical acclaim and peer recognition; including a Grant for Young Composers by ASCAP for Vocal Sketch #2, and releases on CD by SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) for Curvatures and by SEAMUS and SCI for Hollow Ground II. His music has been performed around the world and throughout the United States including The Kennedy Center.
"The most artistically satisfying work on the program was Tom Lopez's 'They Hearken to Echoes,' an incredibly effective, lightly staged work for two flutists that draws its inspiration from architect Louis Sullivan, whose objects appear to transform objects at a distance to a point of closeness.
Using great imagination and a keen sense for the dramatic, Lopez invokes a slow but relentless sequence of canonic, imitative and echo-driven effects that achieves the coming together of the two flutists from afar-musically and spatially. The performers begin at opposite ends of the hall and gradually approach each other, as the echoes eventually turn into a two-part invention until the flutes ultimately meld into a unison synchronization of pitch and timbre. Flutists Kelly Covert and Kristin Bacchiocchi achieved an impressive, symbiotic blend of tone and color."