Instructor of Oboe
THOMAS PAPPAS is active as an oboe soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Wales. Past solo appearances include performances of oboe concertos in Greensboro, NC and with the Aalen Symphony Orchestra in Germany, where he grew up and first learned how to play the oboe. An avid chamber musician, Pappas is a founding member of Relevents Wind Quintet. He is also a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and has performed principal and section oboe with the Winston-Salem, Roanoke (VA), Salisbury, and Western Piedmont symphony orchestras, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He has served as the principal oboist of the NOVUS Chamber Orchestra and the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra. Pappas was a featured soloist on the annual computer music concert xMUSE at the University of South Carolina. Other professional conferences at which he has performed include the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers Inc., UNCG Cello Celebrations (Silva and Varga) and the UNCG New Music Festival. He enjoys performing new music and has premiered several works, including ones written for him by his brother, the composer Daniel Pappas. Pappas holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Grace College, IN, the Master of Music and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been on the faculty at High Point University since 2011, where, in addition to oboe, he has taught Music Core I & II, Human Dimensions of Music, and Woodwind Performance Class.