Tom Trenney

Tom Trenney is Organist and Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, where he oversees a comprehensive choir program and the popular Birmingham-First Concert Series. Tom also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Birmingham-First Chamber Choir, a select ensemble of twenty singers from throughout Southeastern Michigan. Tom has earned two graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying Organ Performance with David Higgs and Choral Conducting with William Weinert. While in Rochester, Tom was Director of Music Ministry at Bethany Presbyterian Church and accompanist for the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his mentors were Anne Wilson and Todd Wilson. A certified colleague of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Tom is a member of the AGO's national Committee on the New Organist and serves on the executive board of the Detroit Chapter AGO.  He has directed two Pipe Organ Encounters. Tom is in frequent demand for recitals, silent films, and hymn festivals around the country and has been featured in recital at the 2003 AGO Region V Convention in Cleveland, the 2000 AGO National Convention in Seattle, the 1999 AGO Region V Convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the 1994 AGO National Convention in Dallas. Last summer, he performed at the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society in Buffalo and presented a workshop at the AGO's National Convention in Los Angeles. Tom's first CD recording, Organa Americana, was released last summer on the ProOrgano label.  As a conductor, Tom has recently led performances of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Gloria by Francis Poulenc, Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, Mozart's Requiem, and Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat.


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