Thomas Oboe Lee, composer

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Education: University of Pittsburgh, B.A. 1972
New England Conservatory of Music, M.M. 1974 & 1976
Harvard University, Ph.D. 1981
Career: Faculty member of the Music Department at Boston College since 1990


Listen to TOL music, on-site

"Forró" with conductor Gunther Schuller and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra

"Morango ... almost a tango" with the Kronos Quartet

"Eight Tarot Cards for Madam Rubio - La Ruota della Fortuna" with Nancy Zeltsman and Janice Potter

Claude McKay's poem "Truth" with choral director John Finney and the Heritage Chorale

"Flauta Carioca, 1st movement" with Bart Feller and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

"Twenty-nine Fireflies, Book III ... 0347 - like a music box" with Robert Levin

TOL arr. of George Gershwin's "He Loves and She Loves" for two pianos with Randall Hodgkinson and Lesley Amper

Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Never May the Fruit Be Plucked" with Mary Hubbell and Katya Mihailova

Lux Aeterna I with Jane Ring Frank Singers

Lux Aeterna II with Jane Ring Frank Singers

Lux Aeterna III with Jane Ring Frank Singers

Lux Aeterna IV with Jane Ring Frank Singers

Lux Aeterna V with Jane Ring Frank Singers

An excerpt from Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis" with Tim Krol and Holly Chatham


Listen to TOL music, off-site.

Listen to high-quality lossless AIFF files of songs and albums by TOL @ bandcamp

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Listen to TOL music - orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal music - at the American Music Center's Online Library site

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TOLmtv @ Vimeo: watch 100-plus videos created by TOL for his music

List of works, performances, reviews, links, wiki-bio, etc.

Premieres and performances of TOL music from 1993 to the current season, 2014-2015

Biography and complete list by category - orchestral, choral, vocal, opera and chamber music

Chronological list - over a hundred and fifty works from 1974 to the present

Critical reviews of premieres and performances from 1979 to the present

Price list of selected chamber music scores published by Departed Feathers Music

Thomas Oboe Lee's biographical entry at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Founding member: Composers in Red Sneakers, 1981-1985

Biography, list of works & reviews: an out-dated version at Boston College

Publications and Recordings

Departed Feathers Music
- orchestral, opera, chamber, vocal and choral music

G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers - early works originally published by Margun Music Inc.

Commercial recordings on BMOP Sound, Nonesuch , GM1 , GM2 , GM3 , Arsis Audio, Northeastern, BMG Catalyst, MCA Classics and Koch International Classics

A complete list of TOL music on forty-five CD-Rs and a chamber opera on DVD

Click here for TOL music @ Sheet Music Plus


Click here for Koch International Classics CD with the Hawthorne String Quartet!!!


Mp3 and lossless downloads @ bandcamp, soundcloud, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.










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Ten video clips of "The Inman Diaries ... A Chamber Opera in Two Acts" on YouTube.

Prologue and Act One Scene 1 - Arthur's soliloquy

Act One Scene 2 - Flossie

Act One Scene 4 - Dr. Pike and Evelyn

Act One Scene 5 - Therese

Act One Scene 6 - Roosevelt's New Deal

Act Two Scene 2 - Prudential Tower and Kathy

Act Two Scene 4 - Ella

Act Two Scene 5 - Billy and Arthur Duet

Act Two Scene 6 - Empire State Building

Act Two Scene 7 - Epilogue

TID poster

Watch webcast of Pilobolus' Symbiosis with TOL music at TED conference:

A performance merging dance and biology

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Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Grant, 1995

American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize Fellowship, 1986-87

American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Charles Ives Fellowship, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1985
Boston College Research Incentive Grants 1996, 1999, 2006 & 2010

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1983 & 1986
Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards, First Prize for Chamber Music Composition, 1983
KoussevitzkyTanglewood Composition Prize, 1976
MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1981 & 1983
Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music Recording Grant, 1982
Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship, 1977 & 1983
  National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship, 1983 & 1987
Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Award, 2002


American Composers Forum "Continental Harmony Project I" for the American Jazz Philharmonic - Symphony No. 3 ... Portraits in Jazz (2000)
American Composers Forum "Continental Harmony Project II" for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 6 ... The Penobscot River (2004)
Amnesty International USA - I Never Saw Another Butterfly (1991)
Apple Hill Chamber Players - Piano Quintet ... Apple Strudel (1988)
Artaria Quartet of Boston - ART: arias and interludes (1996, rev. 1997)
Arto Ensemble - Yo Picasso (1997)
Arto Ensemble - Clarinet Quintet, opus 155 (2013)
Arto Ensemble - Alice (2015)
Bart Feller, flutist - Waltzes, opus 101 (2002)
Boston Classical Orchestra - Symphony No. 8 ... The City of Light (2011)
Boston Classical Orchestra for violinist Sharon Roffman - Serenade Rondo (2013)
Boston College Research Incentive Grant - Part The First ... THOU Mastering Me God! (2010)
Boston College Research Incentive Grant - God's Grandeur ... For the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Boston College (2012)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra - Mambo!!! (2003)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra - Pluto ... Lord of the Underworld (2005)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra - Emerald Necklace ... The Story of Frederick Law Olmsted (2009)
Boston Modern Orchestra Project for Ina Zdorovetchi, harp - "... bisbigliando ..." (2008-09)
Brockton Symphony Orchestra for Jonathan Cohler - Clarinet Concert ... Sounds of the Islands (2003)
Boston Trio - Piano Trio No. 3 ... Keith Jarrett (2014)
Brockton Symphony Orchestra - Concerto for Orchestra, opus 111 (2004)
Carl and Claudia Shuster for MusicWorks in the Berkshires - String Quartet No. 10 ... The Berkshires (2006)
Carson P. Cooman, organist - Fantasia for solo organ (2001)
Chamber Orchestra of Boston - Tangata Manu (2009)
Charles W. Engelhard Foundation, Boston College Research Incentive Grant, Jesuit Institute and Jesuit Community of Boston College for the University Chorale of Boston College - Mass for the Holy Year 2000
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston for Andrés Díaz - Eurydice ... A Tone Poem for Cello and Orchestra (1994-95)
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston - Symphony No. 2 ... A Phantasmagorey Ballet (1998)
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston - Symphony No. 4 ... War and Peace (2001)
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston for Andrew Price, principal oboe - Persephone and the Four Seasons (2006)
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston for Irina Muresanu - Violin Concerto, opus 129 (2009)
Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston for Stephen Burns - Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (2014)
Cross Sound Festival 2001 - I've Got The Munchies (2001, rev. 2004)
Daniel Stepner, violinist - Chôros, opus 61 (1994-95)
Deborah and Larry Chud for Robert Levin and the Boston Classical Orchestra - Piano Concerto ... Mozartiana (2007)
Elizabeth & Lydia Reed - The Visconti Sforza Tarot Cards, opus 66 ... Twenty-two salon pieces for two pianos (1996)
Epstein Family for Herb Epstein, violist - Voilà! ... Seven Movements for Violin and Viola!! (2001)
Eric Alexander Hewitt and The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble - Requiem Octet ... In Memoriam Gunther Schuller (2015)
Fairfield Chamber Orchestra for Susan Radcliff - Concertino for trumpet, strings and timpani (1986)
Foundation for Universal Sacred Music - Mechthild von Magdeburg: Minnelieder an Got (2005)

Fromm Music Foundation - The Cockscomb (1981)
Harvard Musical Association for the Manhattan String Quartet - String Quartet on B-flat (1989/90, rev. 1993)
Hawthorne String Quartet - Tantric Psalms (1997, rev. 1999)
Hawthorne String Quartet - The New England Transcendentalists: Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts & Thoreau (2002)
Intermezzo, The New England Chamber Opera Series - The Inman Diaries ... A Chamber Opera in Two Acts (2007)
James David Christie and John Finney for the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church - Christmas Cantata (2001)
Jerome Foundation for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - String Trio (1985)
Jesuit Institute and Jesuit Community of Boston College for Ecclesia Consort of New England - Stabat Mater (2002)
Joel Quarrington, double-bassist - Toccata for Double Bass and Piano (2012)
King's Chapel, Boston - The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1998)
Koussevitzky Music Foundation - Waltzes, opus 26 (1984, rev. 1994)
Kronos Quartet - Departed Feathers (1980)
Kronos Quartet - Morango ... Almost A Tango (1983)
Kronos Quartet - Third String Quartet ... child of Uranus, father of Zeus (1982)
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 5 ... Utopia Parkway (2003)
Lexington Symphony Chamber Players - Walden, opus 123 (2008)
Lila Brown and Music from Salem, New York - Pq2 ... (2014)
Lydian String Quartet - Seven Jazz Pieces (1990-91)
Marimolin, a violin and marimba duo - Marimolin (1986)
Mary and Peter Rentz for the Richmond Performance Series - Hancock Shaker Village (2001)
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities Grant - Marimolintoo (1989-90)
Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra - Symphony No. 7 ... Roman Holidays (2008)
Nancy Braithwaite and Emmelos Ensemble - Octet in D, opus 144 (2012)
Nancy Braithwaite and Black Swan Winds - La Serenissima (2013)
National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship Grant for Collage New Music - Hylidae ... The Tree Frogs (1984)
National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship Grant for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Chôrinhos, opus 38 (1987)
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for Bart Feller, principal flute - Flauta Carioca (2000)
Omaha Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 1 ... Fallen Angels (1993, rev. 1995)
Paul Chou & Paul Salerni, a violin and piano duo - Tunesmith ... An American Beauty Pageant (1993)
Peter Papesch, architect - Love Songs (1998), Summer Lilies (2000) & Morning Bliss (2000)
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston for Ann Hobson-Pilot - Harp Concerto (1985)
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston - Forró (1998)
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston - Daphne, opus 171 (2015)
Raphael Trio - Piano Trio No. 1 (1994, rev. 2000)
Richmond Performance Series - Septet, opus 77 ... Variations on a Shaker Tune (1998)
St. Mary's Church Our Lady of the Isle on Nantucket Island for organist James David Christie - Toccata, Adagio & Fugue (2001)
Tammy Lum and Formosa String Quartet - Piano Quintet (2008)
Terezín Chamber Music Foundation and Project STEP - Seven Steps to Heaven (2002)
Terezín Chamber Music Foundation - The Flowers of Terezín (2004)
The Thoreau Society - That Mountain (1991, rev. 1992)
Trio Tremonti - Piano Trio No. 2 ... Shosty-Bach Suite (2012)
Wellesley Symphony Orchestra - Focus on Grace ... Concerto for Jazz Saxophone and Orchestra (2010)
William Drury and New England Conservatory Jordan Winds - Concerto for Concert Band (2011)

Personal Information

Family: Married to my ballet teacher, Kristin Beckwith; no children.

Leisure: Soaring in ballet classes five times a week, listening to Art Tatum and vacationing/working in Rome, Italy.
Collector: Ballet and music autographs, books,
drawings, exotic plants, paintings, photographs, prints, scores, sculptures, toy pianos, etc.

Links to friends, associates & institutions

American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome, Society of Fellows
American Composers Forum
American Music Center
Breanna Ellison. hornist extraordinaire @ NEC
Danny Rosseel, a choreographer in Belgium
Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo
Joan Jeanrenaud, a cellist in SF
Margo Sawyer, an artist in Austin, TX
Nancy Zeltsman, a marimbist in Boston, MA
New England Conservatory of Music

Robert Livingston Aldridge, a composer in Montclair, NJ
Soprafina Gallery in Boston, MA
Susan Kammerer, an artist in Rome
The Living Composers Project
Yesterday Service, Inc.

TOL list of artistic genius in the USA: past and present!

Charles E. Ives: composer
Cole Porter: composer & lyricist
Fred Astaire: dancer & choreographer
Gene Kelly: dancer & choreographer
George Balanchine: choreographer
Jerome Robbins: choreographer
Joseph Cornell: artist
George Booth: New Yorker cartoonist
Dave Frishberg: incomparable songwriter & composer
Art Tatum: Beyond words to describe him!
Oscar Peterson: What more can I say??? I know, I know - he's really Canadian by birth!
Joni Mitchell: singer & song writer: I know, once again, another Canadian ...
And what about that Catalan jazz pianist, Tete Montoliu???  He took all of Peterson and Tatum and created an alchemy all his own!
Keith Jarrett: a truly astounding and formidable musician!!!
Joey DeFrancesco: He went beyond Jimmy Smith!!!
Thelonious Sphere Monk: He went beyond everybody!
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans: What a fabulous duo!
The Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard, New York City, Sunday, June 25, 1961!!!!
Bill Evans and Jim Hall: An amazing combination!
Jim Hall and Paul Desmond: Another amazing combination!
Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan: Yet another amazing combination!
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones!!!
Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Tony Williams!!!

Last update, September 23, 2015!

Happy Birthday to Louise Nevelson 1899, John Coltrane 1926 and Ray Charles 1930


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