AIMS in Graz - Uhrturm

AIMS in Graz – Uhrturm

TK 2008

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Dr. Thomas King, PROFESSOR OF VOICE at Austin Peay State University, received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Music from the University of Kansas, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy, magna  cum laude, from Indiana University, a Performer’s Certificate from the  Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, a Master of Arts degree in German from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy also from  the University of Mississippi.

He was a PROFESSIONAL OPERA SINGER in the  German theater system for five years, singing over 400 performances during  that time. In the States, Dr. King has performed with the Memphis Opera,  the Germantown Symphony, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Symphony, the  Atlanta Chamber Opera, the Municipal Opera of St. Louis, the Kennesaw  Opera, the Cobb Community Symphony, and with the Rapides Symphony  and the Lake Charles Symphony, both in Louisiana. He has sung world  premiers of five operas in the last 18 years, three of which were written  especially for him.

Previously, he taught high school choral music for 11 years in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. He is an ACTIVE RECITALIST and has performed all over the southeastern and midwestern states with his wife, Dr. Vicki King. He was a member of the faculty and staff of the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL STUDIES in Graz, Austria for 28 years, teaching auditions training for singers and offering stage fright remedies. In 2001 he became a Board member of AIMS, as it is called, and was the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for seven years, retiring in 2010. 

TK Pavarotti Tribute

TK Pavarotti Tribute


He was the Governor of Province 15 of the mens’ music fraternity, PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA, for 9 years and is now the DEPUTY GOVERNOR. He has recently [2011] been awarded the SIGNATURE SINFONIAN honor, given nationally to only seven men that year. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society, and was inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the German honor society in 1989. He is a member of the College Music Society, Southern Chapter, and has been Board member for Performance, Secretary/Treasurer, and President of the 950 member organization. In the Clarksville community he served as President of the Sons of the American Revolution and was on the Board of Urban Ministries.

Thomas King Scholarly and Creative Activity Highlights

Miscellaneous Honors for Scholarship and Creativity

  • Received Master of Arts in German, University of Mississippi, 1989
  • Inducted into Delta Phi Alpha German honor society, 1989
  • Received Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy, University of Mississippi, 1992
  • Won “Monte” Award for best male performer, Roxy Regional Theatre, as Harold Hill in The Music Man, 1994
  • Elected Governor of Province #15, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 1994
  • My recital of Ives songs played on German radio, Leipzig, Germany, 1994
  • Inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, Music honor society, 1995
  • Received the Orpheus award, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National music fraternity, 1997
  • Soloist for the operetta, Der Vogelhändler, International meeting, Association of University Women, Austria, 1998
  • Elected President, Southern Chapter, College Music Society, 1999
  • Performed Concert, National Women’s Museum, Washington, D. C. 2003
  • Inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota as a distinguished member, National Arts Associate 2003

College Music Society Presentations and Offices held:

  • 1990 Neidhart von Reuenthal, Minnesinger 1180-1246, Board member for Performance
  • 1991 Richard Dehmel poem “Waldseligkeit,” settings by Alma Mahler, Joseph Marx, and Richard Strauss, Board member for Performance
  • 1992 Robert Schumann Liederkreis, translation and explanation
  • 1992 (Munich, Germany) Explaining the Opera Theater system of Germany
  • 1993 How to overcome Stage Fright in Singers, performed Richard Heuberger songs, Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1994 Charles Ives, Song composer Anniversary, Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1995 Hosted the meeting at APSU, performed Juusela songs, Benner songs
  • 1995 (Berlin, Germany), performed songs of Constantinides, Ovides
  • 1996 Lecture on Counter-tenor and Falsetto Registers
  • 1997 Schwanengesang of Franz Schubert on his 200th birthday, President-Elect
  • 1998 Four Songs of Clara Schumann, performed Mansfield songs, Benner songs, President-Elect
  • 1999 The 24 Italian Greatest Hits, President
  • 2000 President
  • 2001 Past-President
  • 2002 Past-President
  • 2003 Host

Miscellaneous Activities:

  • Several trips to Italy for language study
  • Guest soloist on choir tours to Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, England, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia
  • Tenor soloist for over 20 Messiah performances in the last 15 years
  • Soloist in 25 different churches in the middle Tennessee/Kentucky area
  • Teacher, Administrator, Performer, Conductor & Artistic Director, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria for  28 years.
  • Author of manual for Auditions Training Seminar course, Graz, Austria
  • Presented many workshops on performance anxiety
  • Taught APSU Interdisciplinary Heritage classes five years, Director one year
  • Author of new APSU course, Latin and English Diction for Singers
  • Reviewed Music Appreciation text and book on William Grant Still Operas


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