Pianist Thomas Reilly has had an active career in the Washington DC area as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and program administrator. Nationally, his operatic career has included working as an assistant conductor and chorus master with the Washington Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Summer Opera Theater. He served as the principal coach/pianist/chorus master for the opera program at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina for several summers. Internationally, in Caracas, Venezuela, he served on the faculty of the Caracas Opera Center as a pianist/vocal coach and chorus master and was an assistant conductor at the Opera Metropolitana and the Opera de Caracas. During his time in Caracas, he was privileged to work on the presentation of the opera Simon Bolivar by Darius Milhaud, translated into Spanish, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Bolivar’s birth.
He was the Vocal Program Director at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival for many years. He is currently a member of their advisory board and will return to the festival as a program administrator for their 25th Anniversary in 2020.
In the course of his career, he has collaborated with countless singers. They include:
Denyce Graves, Harolyn Blackwell, John Aler, Regina McConnell, Diana Soviero, Luis Lima, Mariella Devia, Nikolai Giuselev, Vicente Sardinero, Ermano Mauro, Elizabeth Futral, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Marianne Cornetti, and Paul Groves, to name a few.
On the recital stage, he has partnered singers in venues such as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Phillips Gallery of Art, the Toronto Center for the Arts, the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Gallery of Art, and the White House. He has served on the judging panels for the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition and the Washington International Voice Competition (sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club).
Dr. Reilly holds advanced degrees in music and library/information science.