Thomas Cabaniss


Thomas Cabaniss

Thomas Cabaniss is a composer who writes for opera, theater, dance, film, and the concert stage. His choral works include Behold the Star, available on New World Records and published by Boosey & Hawkes. Recent works include It's All True for choreographer Hilary Easton (2007), Three Sabbaths, for the Columbia University Bach Society (2006), and Hilary Easton's The Short-Cut (2005). The Sandman, an opera based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, was premiered at the Connelly Theater in New York in 2002 and was revived again in 2003.

His theater scores include: Buffalo Gal (Studio Arena Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival); Mamba's Daughters (Target Margin Theater, Spoleto Festival USA); Galileo (Yale Repertory Theater); The Guest Lecturer (George Street Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire, A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); Pericles, The Marriage of Bette & Boo, Twelfth Night (Center Stage, Baltimore); Hard Times, The Hostage, Twelfth Night (Portland Stage, Maine); The American Plan, Egypt, Mother Courage, Measure for Measure, The Venetian Twins, The Barber of Seville, and When Ladies Battle (Off-Broadway).

His concert music has been performed by the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the Juilliard Choral Union, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Lark String Quartet, the Drumfire Percussion Ensemble, and many others.

He has served as Composer-in-Residence and conductor for the American Dance Festival's Young Choreographers & Composers Program, and his dance works have been performed at Danspace, the American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Central Park Summerstage.

In 1990 he created the score for The Lunch Date (winner of the Academy Award and Palme D'Or for Best Short Film). Other awards include a 1998 Obie Award and Drama Desk nomination for his score and musical direction for Mamba's Daughters.

He has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1998 and is active in arts education, having served as Director of Education for the New York Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwarz and the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. He is currently the Music Animateur of the Philadelphia Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director. 1998 ASCAP Foundation Award for Arts Education; articles on arts education in the Teaching Artist Journal; consultant for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Member ASCAP, American Music Center and Target Margin Theater, David Herskovits, Artistic Director.

More information at www.thomascabaniss.com.

Articles by Thomas Cabaniss:

An Animateur’s Journey: A report from the field
October 1, 2019