Accomplish the most in a Lesson or Master Class

September 19, 2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Volunteer State Singers:  Read this and answer the questions.  What are YOUR responsibilities?, your goals?, your reasons for choosing to sing?  Be ready to “dive in” and try new ideas.  TK October 1, 2018


1st gear=chest voice, 2nd=passaggio, 4th=head voice


What is your responsibility in a voice lesson?

Come to your lesson with a specific agenda.
Don’t be afraid of trying something new in the way of making sound. No one expects you to be perfect the first time out.

Never give your power away.
Experience is almost always the best teacher.

Trust your own instincts.
You are in charge of your own life.
If you don’t run your own life, someone or something else will.
You are unique. There will never be another talent or voice like yours to be heard or experienced by others, so with the help of your teacher, decide how to connect to your voice. Share it in performance.
Discover who you are at your very core. Express that to the world through your voice.
Risk being who you are and ask for what you want. Believe you can have it and then be ready to receive it.
It works!

Thomas King taught a “group” voice lesson.

July 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
College professor visits Seymour High School choral department

Eleven pieces of paper were taped to the walls around the Seymour High School choir room.

The messages included “Random acts of kindness,” “Move, soar, sail,” “Just do it,” “No one can make you feel inferior without consent,” “How you do anything is how you do everything” “and “Positive attitude, charge ahead, enjoy yourself.”

CAP students at IU:  Remember these sayings!  especially “How you do anything is how you do everything!”

These were among the thoughts Thomas King, assistant professor of music at DePauw University in Greencastle, shared while talking about vocal technique with three different choirs.

King’s hope is that the students apply those thoughts to music and life.

“It’s so that they realize that each one of them is an individual and needs to start at this point and go somewhere with it,” he said. “And if it’s not in music, that’s OK, too. It’s just in life.”

King has an extensive background in music education and performing. He has given voice lessons since 1970, and he taught high school choirs for 11 years. He’s now in his 28th year of teaching at the collegiate level. Also on his résumé are several operas and musicals.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Tribune and online at

Pictures from past performances

January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There have been over 27,000 visits to my web site.

My various roles over the years I most CERTAINLY have had fun

Anguished Witch, Hansel & Gretel, Roxy 2009

Witch Atlanta 1978

Kismet, summer stock in 1969

KISMET, summer stock St. Louis, 1969

King Kaspar Atlanta 1978

Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009

Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009

The Conferencier in CABARET - Germany 1984

The Conferencier in CABARET – Germany 1984

1969 Handsome Prince in Snow White, Muny

Wenzel – Bartered Bride – Atlanta 1985

Fridolin – Rose von Stambul – Germany 1983

Eisenstein – Fledermaus – Atlanta 1979

Tannhäuser – Tannhäuser Spoof – Germany 1985


Magic Flute Santa Fe 1968 Slave

Conferencier in Cabaret 1984 Germany

w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra

w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra 2012

Witch Hansel and Gretel, Roxy 1998

Longfellow 2013

Polenblut Operetta Germany 1984

Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel

Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel “L’enfant et les sortilèges”

TK ACTIVITIES – over 27,000 visits to my web site

January 2, 2017 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
*Sang Tenor Solos in Mozart Vespers, Volunteer State Community College, Nashville, TN, April 22, 2018
*Gave Master Class, Oakwood University, March 26, 2018, Huntsville, AL,
*Sang solos in Handel-Messiah, Easter portion   Bloomington Chamber Singers, March 18, 2018, Bloomington, IN
*Judged AllTech Competition (11th year in a row), University of Kentucky, March 11, 2018, Lexington, KY
*Sang Solo for Trinity Episcopal Church Pops concert, February 12, 2018, Bloomington, IN
*Trip to Berlin, Germany to strengthen German skills for “German Diction” class at DePauw, Decem. 26, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018
 *Solo Haus Konzert, featured six historical keyboard instruments accompanying me, Bloomington, IN, December 22, 2017
 *Sang solo in Handel-Messiah, Christmas portion    Bloomington Chamber Singers, December 17, 2017, Bloomington, IN
 *Led Christmas Carol Sing,    Friday Musicale, Belle Trace Retirement Home, Bloomington, IN, December 7, 2017
*Tenor section leader,  Bloomington Chamber Singers, Feast on Bach, Bloomington, IN, December 3, 2017
*Took part in several Christmas Carol “Sings,”    at Indiana University, Meadowood Retirement Home, Oliver Winery, Bloom Magazine, November 14, December 8, 12, 19, 2017
*Thomas King and Vicki King performed    Schubert Songs, Mascagni, Santiago, Grieg Ave Marias for Sigma Alpha Iota Musicale, September 24, 2017, Bloomington, IN
*Command Performance,  on a bus tour in Alaska, August 8, 2017
*Promoted    two year graduate of Vocal Arts at DePauw, Dexter Griffin, in his debut solo recital, Bloomington, IN, July 22, 2017
*Thomas and Vicki King performed    The Call Ralph Vaughan Williams, Trinity Episcopal Church, Gatlinburg, TN, June 4, 2017
*Judge for AllTech competition (tenth year in a row), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, March 5, 2017
 *Sang Solo    at Pops Concert, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IN February 5, 2017
2016   TK and Vicki King performed guest faculty recital, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, November 14, 2016
Led workshop for performance anxiety, excellence in performing, choral music tips, Seymour High School, Seymour, IN November 2016
TK —  Performance Anxiety workshop, DePauw University July 21, 2016, Greencastle, IN  *PARTICIPANTS- See “Stage Fright” heading on my web site.  Go to it for review of the activities we did.  Contact me as needed.  I want YOU to be the best and most confident performer you can possibly be!

Daisy Cabaret invitation

TK narrated DAISY CABARET, the life and times of Daisy Hinkle-Garton, Farmstead, Bloomington, IN, April 16-17, 2016 (see flyer)
TK judged Classical Singer High School division first round, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, March 12, 2016
TK judged AllTech competition, University of Kentucky, Lexington, March 6, 2016
TK judged DePauw University Concerto Competition, Greencastle, February 25, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed an “overview of opera” concert, Meadowwood Retirement Village, Bloomington, February 12, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed at the Trinity Episcopal Church pops concert, Bloomington, February 7, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed Guest Faculty Recital, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, February 1, 2016
TK sang solos, Delmar Gardens Retirement Home, Atlanta, GA, January 17, 2016
2015      TK sang solo in Messiah, Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington, IN December 13, 2015
TK judged Indiana State  NATS, DePauw University, October 2015
TK received 50 year Phi Mu Alpha pin, 2015, New Orleans, LA
TK and Vicki gave recital, July 12, 2015, Hickory, MS
TK gave Performance Anxiety workshop, DePauw University June 15, 2015, Greencastle, IN
TK  judged NATS, GREAT LAKES Region, Anderson University, March 2015, Anderson, IN
TK judged AllTech Competition, University of Kentucky, March 2015, Lexington, KY
TK judged Concert Competition, DePauw University, February 2015, Greencastle, IN

VISIT  Thomas King on YouTube & on the web sites below.                                                                                          Thomas King sings Rote Rose  Tenors – Once Again Thomas King         Visit the sites below for more of  TK’s singing.      CHOOSE MOVEMENT 3 “THE GOOD KNIGHT”
Of snow, ice, burning sand. (Second Performance) 
choose movement 3  “The Good Knight”

Libby Larsen website, go to voice, go to I Cried unto God

TK VK Faculty Recital

January 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

tkvk-recitalAttend our faculty recital  MONDAY, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 p. m. at DePauw University, Thompson Recital Hall.

We will offer: Art songs by Purcell, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fauré and John Duke —Broadway show tunes by Kurt Weill and Frederick Loewe —Arias by Johann Strauss, Douglas Moore, Bedrich Smetana, George Gershwin
We promise a “fun” time will be had by all. I sang many funny roles on stage over my 45 year career and will offer some selections from those roles.
tkvk-good To those add the beautiful, lyrical melodies of Fauré, the stately songs of Purcell and the deeply moving songs of Franz Schubert, Clara and Robert Schumann.
DePauw is celebrating Kurt Weill this season with “Street Scene,” in February and I will add to that celebration with “September Song,” reminding myself of the long years I have lived.

DePauw Syllabi SP 2016

January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vocal Lit II and French Diction for Singers are both available under DePauw. Also, see MOODLE for more information.

Guest Faculty Recital DePauw University

January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Drs. Vicki and Thomas King performed at DePauw University School of Music on February 1, 2016. Thomas has been teaching there since Fall of 2015 and will continue this spring and the entire school year of 2016-2017.  The Kings have been performing together since they met in graduate school at Indiana University in 1968.
Among the repertoire for the recital are songs by Indiana composers, Ned Rorem and David Baker. Also included are three DePauw premiers, songs by Al Benner and a song by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Dr. Vicki King for her husband on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

Official Announcements of TK University Teaching 2015-2018

December 17, 2015 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was engaged to teach voice at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, for the SPRING semester of 2015 and I continued for FALL 2015, SPRING 2016, SPRING 2017,SPRING and FALL 2018.  I was Visiting Professor of Voice, substituting for three different voice professors on sabbatical and on performance leaves. To be teaching at my own alma mater (from 1968-70) was thrilling indeed.

FALL of 2015 I taught Vocal Literature and German Diction for Singers at DePauw University School of Music and in SPRING 2016, I taught Vocal Literature and French Diction.  In FALL 2016 and SPRING 2017, I will be teaching the same courses AND I will teach a few private voice students as well. FALL of 2017 and SPRING 2018 I taught German Diction, then French Diction, still at DePauw University.

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

TK and Vicki King perform Barber Songs

September 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sure on This Shining Night

The Crucifixion

Rain has Fallen

These three Barber Songs are among our favorites, performed in Kentucky in 2013

See Libby Larsen web site

August 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

<>  web site features Thomas and Vicki King, “I Cried unto God.”

See and hear us listed under VOICE choices. Vicki commissioned this song in 2010 for my 65th birthday.

TK various past performances and activities

August 12, 2015 at 7:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
  Solo, St. Mark’s Methodist Church, Bloomington, IN, August 23, 2015
Solo, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bedford, IN, August 2, 2015
Sacred Concert, First Methodist Church, Hickory, MS, July 12, 2015
Solo, Gravesite Memorial, Daisy HInkle Garton, Bloomington, IN July 1, 2015
Solo, Free Methodist Church, Bedford, IN, June 21, 2015
Workshop on Performance Anxiety, DePauw University, Green Castle, IN, June 15, 2015
Atlanta Boychoir and Men Tour, Los Angeles, CA and Hawaii, May 28-June 6, 2015
Judge for Bloomington Friday Musicale Festival, May 16, 2015
Broadway Festival,  Hinkle-Garton Farm, Bloomington, IN, April 25, 2015
St. Patrick’s Day, Danny Boy, HausKonzert, March 25, 2015
Trinity Episcopal Church POPS Concert, Bloomington, IN,February, 2015
Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, King Voice Studio Class, Bloomington, IN, February 2015
Hauskonzert bei Kings, December 20, 2014, Friends will share Christmas stories and music
Trinity Episcopal Church, December 19, 2014 VK, Couchet harpsichord selections; TK Early carol, Some Children See Him-Burt, Ave Maria-Santiago —  Advent Concert
Hauskonzert bei Kings, December 17, 2014,  Alle Instrumenten und Gesang
Bloomington Chamber Singers, St. Mark’s Methodist Church, December 14, 2014, Messiah, “Comfort Ye,”
Friday Morning Music Club of Bloomington, IN, December 12, 2014, Christmas Songs of John Jacob Niles
Trinity Episcopal Church, December 12, 2014, Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (French Carol) — Advent Concert
Trinity Episcopal Church, December 5, 2014  Balulalow-Peter Warlock — Advent Concert
Bloomington Chamber Singers Choral Concert, November 15, 2014, Bloomington, IN    WORKS by:  Poulenc, Lilli Boulanger, Ravel, Martin, Fauré, Canteloube
Guest recital, Honeywell House, Wabash, IN, October 14, 2014

[2014 alone–over 2000 visits, TOTAL visits – over 27,000]

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