May 27, 2022
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"Thomas is a current DMA student in composition at the University of Texas at Austin, and has studied composition with me during his graduate work. During this time, he composed a wonderfully imaginative, inventive and beautifully written percussion trio which was performed on his MM Composition Recital. He is an excellent percussionist, and he performed one of the parts himself in his trio. The performance was sensitive and compelling, and I consider it to be one of the most effective percussion ensemble works ever written by a UT student.

Thomas is one of the most disciplined and efficient composers I have worked with at UT. He would have no trouble whatever completing a work for your ensemble in the time specified, and I think you would be proud to point to him as an alumnus of your course. He has my strongest recommendation, and I urge your favorable consideration of his application."

Dr. Donald Grantham — Frank C. Erwin Jr. Professor of Music Composition, The University of Texas at Austin — Austin, TX