Tom Brown, Raytown South High School, Class of 1971
Tom Brown graduated from Raytown South High in 1971 and is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He also holds a Master of Music Degree from Juilliard School.
Tom is the youngest staff organist for the RLDS Auditorium, which included playing the organ for the 1970-1976 Raytown and Raytown South High graduations. In 1975 Tom won two awards at the piano competition in Oklahoma City. He won the first place Bloch Young Artist Award and a first place Johnson Piano Award.
Through attending Juilliard Tom can trace his musical tutelage directly to Beethoven through six generations of important student/teacher relationships. Tom is an internationally known organ, piano, and harpsichord virtuoso, with appearances throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Israel, and the Philippines. During his third tour of Southeast Asia, he was the featured soloist at the International “Bamboo Organ Festival” in the Philippines and was the first American ever invited to record on the famous “Bamboo Organ” there.
Mr. Brown has received over fifty honors and awards, was named an Outstanding Young Artist of America by the Editors of Musical America Magazine, and was the youngest graduate ever to receive the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Alumni Achievement Award. He is often heard on national public radio.
Tom has served as organist and later director of music and organist for churches in Colorado, Missouri, New York City, Brooklyn, Connecticut and North Carolina.
He has been a church musician for fifty years and is currently the Minister of Music at the University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he conducts the chancel choir, leads worship on the church pipe organ, and directs a comprehensive music program.
Tom’s music website at www.ThomasBrownMusic.com is a place where web surfers can listen to music that Tom has recorded.