Mr. Pedersen will be conducting a masterclass through Washington National Opera Institute at American University on Monday, July 8, 2019. The Opera Institute is designed to prepare aspiring classical singers for college performance programs and beyond, and features lessons, masterclasses and performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information or to attend, visit their website.
N. Thomas Pedersen has pursued a finely integrated career as a singer, conductor, producer and teacher. His history also includes an early career as a noted performer "known for his rich baritone and stunning presence." (Jenny Schulman, Backstage)
Pedersen began his career as a performer at a very young age, appearing in productions across the country including performances in Mame (Patrick), Sound of Music (Rolf), My Fair Lady (Freddie), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Oklahoma (Curly), Carousel (Billy), The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), and She Loves Me (Head Waiter) with numerous stock, regional, and national companies. Has been featured on stage with celebrated stage performers Ruby Keeler, Ethel Merman, George Rose and Vicki Lawrence. He received his undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University where he studied with James Stanard and Sheila Marks, and studied with Martial Singher at the Music Academy of the West and Eva Likova at the University of Michigan, where he did his graduate studies. In 1982, made his operatic debut with the Michigan Opera Theater and in a 10-year span sang with the Detroit Symphony, The June Opera Festival, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on National Public Radio, WFNT Radio in Chicago and WQRX Radio in New York City. He has been a soloist with conductors Maurice Abravanel, Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati and Robert Shaw. He is a two time winner of the Musica Sacra Bach Competition, and was the recipient of two Artists Development Awards from the Puccini Foundation and the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts.
Pedersen has music directed for many well-known television stars including Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati), John McCook (The Bold and the Beautiful), David Canary (All My Children), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, and Broadway star Rebecca Luker. As Artistic Director of Theatre Ten Ten, New York's oldest Off-off-Broadway Theater, he produced and music directed more than 20 productions, and has been Music Director at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in Long Beach, Calif., the Library Theater in Warren, Pa. and the University of Michigan Opera Theatre. For three seasons he worked in Branson, Missouri with Eleanor Dicks as co-producer and musical supervisor for legendary country singer Mel Tillis and his daughter Pam Tillis. He has also served as Artistic Director of The Washington Savoyards and Associate Artistic Director of Summer Dinner Theatre at Montgomery College. Most recently his work has included serving on the creative teams of the world premieres of Kleptocracy and Jubilee at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.
He recently retired as Head of the Music Theatre division of The Catholic University of America and currently serves as the director of music at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, MD.