Tom Foster - Minister of Music
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Thomas Foster became the organist at First Church in September of 2015. In July of 2018, Tom expanded his role. He will be directing the choir as well as offering his expertise on keyboards during worship.
In addition to his position at First Church, he is an experienced freelance teacher of piano and performs as a chamber musician, recital soloist, and continuo accompanist on harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, and modern piano. With a special affinity for music of the 18th century, he has developed an expertise in its performance practice, especially with regard to improvisation. His repertoire ranges from the Medieval period to the 21st century. As a composer, Tom has collaborated with the Ethos New Music Society in the performance new music, and in the production of several dozen concerts of new music.
Tom is a Graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where he was the recipient of the Amadeus Fortepiano Prize and studied with Geoffrey Govier and Robert Woolley. He received his master’s degrees in piano performance and composition at Fredonia State University in New York, where he was a two-time recipient of the Victoria Bohlen Memorial Composition Award.