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Weaver, Thomas Watson



"Thomas Weaver began his musical studies at an early age. These initial lessons encompassed piano, trumpet, drums, violin and harmony. While in high school, Weaver expanded his studies to include private conducting lessons with Leo Sheer, a former pupil of Pierre Monteux.

Advanced studies were pursued at the Julliard School and in Europe, and with such eminent figures as Robert Shaw and Nadia Boulanger. Studies by observation were made possible by the generosity of such outstanding personalities as Carlos Chavez, Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, and others who allowed him to sit in on orchestra rehearsals and observe their approach to the making of music.

Weaver brings two other indispensable aspects of musical understanding to the podium. His first-hand comprehension of the instrumental idiosyncrasies and of musical/muscular demands involved in the physical act of making music have been gained through his violin studies with Ivan Galamian of the Julliard School; through his performance of concertos with orchestra on twenty-three occasions; and through his orchestral experience as a member of the section, as principle second, and as concertmaster, running the gamut of experience from Fred Warring’s Pennsylvanians to the New York City Opera. In addition, he brings insight into the compositional process as a published composer whose Seven Dialogues for Flute and Clarinet is one of the more popular twentieth century pieces in that idiom.

Thomas Weaver served as a member of the faculty at the University of Georgia. His appointment began in 1969.

Source: Biographical information was redacted from a program presented by the University Civic Symphony Orchestra at The University of Georgia, Athens. This program is included in the collection, box 1, folder 1.

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Thomas Weaver Collection

Identifier: MS-0279
Scope and Contents The Thomas Weaver Collection was donated to LaBudde Special Collections by Thomas Weaver’s wife, Dera Weaver, in November 2014. It consists almost entirely of musical scores in the classical tradition. These scores have been separated by title, and stored with all related materials (parts, sketches, pre-composition, notes) in their own unique folder. Box 1, folder 6 contains Weaver’s only published score, Seven Dialogues: For Flute and Bb Clarinet. The remainder of Weaver’s scores are...
Dates: 1940 - 1973