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Thomas Cabaniss


Composer Thomas Cabaniss writes for opera, theater, dance, film, and the concert stage. Recent commissions include One Silken Thread for Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine; four works for Carnegie Hall’s orchestra education program (LinkUp!), and My Song Is A Fire, an oratorio for the Fairfield County Chorale. Other works include The ReclamationNoise + SpeedIt’s All True, and The Short-Cut for choreographer Hilary Easton. The Sandman, a chamber opera based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, was premiered at the Connelly Theater in New York in over thirty performances.

His theater scores include: The American Plan (Broadway), Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages, Studio Arena Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival); Old Comedy (Classic Stage Co. and Target Margin) 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). His concert music has been performed by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and over 90 orchestras in the U.S. and around the world.

He has written for The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and those commissions have been performed around the country. He serves on the theory faculty of The Juilliard School and as a Teaching Artist for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, where he is a lead artist for The Lullaby Project, working with young parents in shelters, hospitals, and prisons.