Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, Haverford College


Thomas Lloyd is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he has served since 1996 as director of the combined choral program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. There he directs the 150–voice symphonic choir, a 28–voice select touring choir, and teaches vocal repertoire and conducting. He has also served as the Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society since 2000. He has led choir tours to Ghana, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, in each case preparing music in the original language of the host country for collaborative performances with local choirs.

Lloyd graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music as a bassoonist, and earned graduate degrees in theology from the Yale Divinity School, voice and opera from the Yale School of Music. Following a ten–year interlude as an IT manager on Wall Street, where he rose to the level of Vice President at Prudential Securities, Lloyd returned to music in the doctoral program in conducting at the University of Illinois, where he completed the DMA in 1994. In the previous year, he was awarded first prize on the graduate level of the first ACDA Student Conducting Awards at the national convention in San Antonio.

Prior to coming to Haverford, he was a visiting assistant professor of music at Hamilton College for two years, during which time he directed both the choral and orchestral programs. He has remained active as a tenor soloist in recent performances with Richard Stone, Matthew Bengtson, Lyric Fest, Davidsbund Chamber Players, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

His early musical training also involved study at the Tanglewood, Blossom, and Salzburg festivals, and with teachers including Don V. Moses, Paul Vermeil, Karl Melles, and Fred Stoltzfus in conducting, Albert Fuller and Chester Alwes in early music practice, Arthur Weisberg and Kenneth Moore in contemporary music, Nicholas DiVirgilio, Mignon Dunn, and Phyllis Curtin in voice, and John Wustman, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson in vocal literature.


Prof. Lloyd's research interests range from the history of the African–American Spiritual to teaching sacred music in secular contexts, choral performance practice in Renaissance music, international choral music, and the composers Robert Ramsey, Hans Gal, Jean Berger, and the Sacred Concerts of Duke Ellington.

He is also active as a choral composer and arranger, published by Alliance Music and performed by groups such as the Philadelphia Singers, Moravian College Jazz Ensemble, and the Unionville High School Choir. A list of compositions with sound samples can be found on the faculty web site link below.

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