The Meaning and Impact of African American Spirituals
André Thomas is Professor of Choral Music Education, Director of Choral Activities, and the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music at Florida State University. He is the conductor of a variety of choral organizations throughout the country and served as the artistic director for the Tallahassee Community Chorus. He is in demand as a choral adjudicator and clinician and has conducted 48 Honor and All-State Choirs, as well as the World Youth Choir. As a composer, his works have been published by seven publishing companies, and he is the author of the book Way Over in Beulah Lan’: Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual. He earned a B.A. from Friends University, an M.M from Northwestern University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois.