Thomas B. Dawkins
pianist | baritone
Hometown: Waltham, Massachusetts
Thomas Dawkins, baritone, graduated magna cum laude in Music with Highest Honors from Brandeis University, where he became the first winner of the Ira Gershwin Prize for excellence in musical performance. A member of the Handel & Haydn Society (with whom he has sung solos and made five recordings) he has also worked with Boston Baroque, and appeared as a baritone soloist on stage with Opera51 in Concord (Germont in La Traviata, Viscomte Cascada in The Merry Widow, Schaunard in La Bohème, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pish-Tush in Mikado), Mass Theatrica (Schaunard in La Bohème, Father in Hansel and Gretel), Greater Worcester Opera (Pooh-Bah in Mikado, for which he received the accolade of being “a resonant marvel”), and Longwood Opera, and in concert with Chorus Pro Musica (Messiah), Paul Madore Chorale (Orff Carmina Burana, Fauré Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem), The Master Singers of Lexington (Hovhaness Look Toward the Sea), Nashoba Chorale (the title role in Dido and Aeneas), Belmont Open Sings (Haydn Paukenmesse, Mozart Mass in d), Boston Repertory Orchestra (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), Assabet Valley Mastersingers (Messiah), and The Masterworks Chorale (Messiah, Bach Mass in b minor, Beethoven Mass in C). He has also lent his voice to video games and trailers such as Final Fantasy XV and appeared in the Hans Zimmer Live shows in Boston and Connecticut this past summer.
Also a respected pianist, accompanist, and vocal coach, he maintains a private studio and works at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge as Robert Honeysucker’s studio pianist. He has appeared as piano soloist with several area orchestras including the New England Philharmonic, Brandeis Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School Preparatory Orchestra, and has given solo and collaborative recitals around Massachusetts, including at the Newton Free Library. He has performed as a collaborative keyboardist with Renaissance Men, Opera Brittenica’s production of the Filipino opera Noli me Tangere, Arlington Philharmonic, Concord Orchestra, and played on four episodes of NPR’s program Says You! with members of the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society. He is also the music director for the Congregational Church of Harvard, UCC and will celebrate his tenth anniversary with them in November of 2017.