Ph.D. in Music Composition
University of North Texas
M.M. in Music Composition
Bowling Green State University
B.A. in Music Theory/Composition
Paul David Thomas (b. 1981) is associate professor and coordinator of music theory and composition at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. His wide range of compositional interests include writing for performer and electronics, acoustic chamber music, and group improvisation.
Paul's acoustic and electronic music has been presented throughout the United States and Europe, including SEAMUS, TMEA, CMS National and Regional Conferences, SCI National and Regional Conferences, ATMI National Conference, NACWAPI National Conference, NACUSA National Conference, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, National Flute Association, John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, MS/JR National Conference for Choral Music, Vinko Lesic Music Festival (Croatia), VI International Festival of Accordion and Bayan (Ukraine), West Fork New Music Festival, New Music on the Bayou, Audiograft Sound Art and Experimental Music Festival (UK), CEMI Circles Festival, SCI Student National Conference, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini (Italy),Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barndance, New Horizons Music Festival, Most Significant Bytes, Threshold Electroacoustic Festival, OWU/NOW Festival, NACUSA Texas Conference, Electric Pacific, Florida Flute Festival, Chamber Music in Grantham, Western Illinois New Music Festival, Electroacoustic Jukejoint, New Music Hartford, Soundcrawl: Nashville, Greater Denton Arts Council, Música Viva Festival (Portugal) ACF/Los Angeles, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, and Moody Performance Hall.
Originally from northeastern Ohio, Paul received degrees in composition from Cedarville University and Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of North Texas. Paul studied composition with Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, Cindy McTee, Andrew May, David Bithell, and Joseph Klein and piano with John Mortensen. Paul played accordion in the free improvisation ensemble Impulse and is an active free-lance accompanist. Before his position at TWU, Paul taught at the University of North Texas and Dallas Baptist University.
Paul is also an active choral composer, writing music for choirs of all skill levels. His music has been performed at ACDA, TMEA, MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music, and at various district and region concerts throughout North America and Asia. Paul's choral and vocal music is published through Hal Leonard, Carl Fischer, E.C. Schirmer, and BriLee Press. In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and watching British television shows.