Instructor and Artist in Residence
Voice, Choir, and Opera
Location/Building: HUD 103
A native of Carrollton, Missouri, Jackson Thomas is a tenor, conductor, and teacher serving on the Voice, Opera, and Choral Faculty. Mr. Thomas teaches voice lessons, aural training, opera workshop, and women’s choir. Based in Kansas City, he is the founding Artistic Director of KC VITAs, a non-profit organization of professional musicians dedicated to the continued creation and performance of “contemporary-classical” vocal music (www.kcvitas.org). He is Director of Choral Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lenexa, Kansas, where he directs the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Orchestra in regular and special services featuring large works for choir and orchestra. As a singer, he is a regular soloist and chorister throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area.
Jackson holds a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas, where he studied conducting with Dr. Paul Tucker and voice with Joyce Castle. He has held teaching positions at Kansas City (Missouri) Public Schools, Kansas City (Kansas) Public Schools, and the Park Hill School District. Mr. Thomas is a sought-after choral and voice clinician for all ages and maintains a private voice and piano studio. In his spare time, he enjoys composing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his dog, cats, and fiance.