Thomas Michael Sleeper


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About Me


At the Frost School we teach conducting as an outgrowth of deep music making. In the orchestral program we accept only one student at a time for maximum podium and mentoring time allowing for a variety of repertoire, conducting concerti and premieres of new works.


Thomas is Director of Orchestral Activities, Music Director/Conductor

of the FROST Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Conducting at the FROST School of Music.   Besides overseeing all aspects of the orchestral program, Professor Sleeper also teaches graduate courses in conducting and specially designed Skills Ensembles for the undergraduate students

Professor Sleeper enjoys an active dual career as composer and conductor. His early musical training with Daryl F. Rauscher of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra influenced the "charged lyricism" and "singing" qualities found in his music today. His oeuvre to date includes five symphonies, thirteen operas, fifteen concerti, four orchestral song cycles, works for chorus with orchestra, three string quartets, numerous other vocal and instrumental chamber works and music for film. Sleeper began his professional career as a member of Fermata, a group of composer/performers, founded by Jerry Willingham, which presented concerts throughout the state of Texas. At age 22, Sleeper was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony and the SMU Chamber Orchestra and Opera Theatre where he began studies with Maestro James Rives-Jones. While in graduate school at the Meadows School of the Arts, he founded Perspectives, a contemporary music ensemble, which became part of that division's curriculum.

Sleeper has been commissioned by artists such as Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Trudy Kane, Dale Underwood and Zoe Zeniodi. Sleeper's compositions have been performed throughout the USA, and in Europe, Asia and South America. His music for the documentary Film "One Water" was recorded by the Russian National Orchestra and has appeared throughout the world in theaters and on television. Most recently, he has composed music for Ali Habashi's documentary film, "The Silver Mirror" recorded by the Brno Philharmonic and multimedia collaborations with his wife, artist Sherri Tan, including “The Seven Deadly Sins” Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and Violin Concerto No. 1 .

Sleeper s a member of the Cherokee Tribe (Blind Savannah Clan).  In addition to his position as  Director of Orchestral Activities and Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Professor Sleeper is Music Director of the Florida Youth Orchestra.


Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Conducted the Chinese Premiere of Mahler Symphony No. 5 and Brahms Piano Concerto 2.
  • Conducting and recording the premiere of Carlos Surinach’s final work.
  • Active Guest Conductor and clinician throughout the US and abroad including All-States and professional orchestras in the US, Europe, South America and China.
  • Active composer throughout the world including Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship


A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted and recorded the premieres of numerous works by American composers, including Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Roberto Sierra. He has recorded for Albany, Centaur, Cane, Irida, Naxos, Uroboros and Vienna Modern Masters and has had received excellent reviews in Fanfare, Gramophone and The American Record Guide