Tom Whiddon has spent the past 35 years playing piano, conducting and musical directing Broadway tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. A native of Sparks, GA, Tom graduated magna cum laude with a B.Mus. degree in Piano Performance from Valdosta State College. Extremely active in various organizations, Tom received numerous awards, including Music Awards in his sophomore and senior years and the coveted Mac Award, given to the outstanding undergraduate throughout the college. He was nominated for a Danforth Scholarship and was listed in Who's Who in Colleges and Universities. After graduation, Tom completed 2 years of graduate work at Georgia State University and The University of Louisville. His major piano instructors were Dr. Ruth Anne Rich and concert and recording artists William Masselos, Lee Luvisi and Evelyne Crochet. Tom spent the next few years in New York City, coaching and playing for singers in studios at Julliard and Manhattan School of Music. During this period, Tom began to accompany auditions for musicals and made connections that eventually led to his theatre career. Since then he has worked with many of the best known directors, choreographers and conductors in New York. He has conducted shows for many stage performers, including Chita Rivera, Petula Clark, Richard Chamberlain, Jason Alexander, Martin Short and The Radio City Rockettes, not to mention hundreds of young, talented ensemble members and "stars-to-be". After a long career in the theatre world, Tom is happy to be back home in South Georgia and welcomes the opportunity to share his musical experience with the people of Thomasville.
Trey Cox, pianist, vocalist, violinist and conductor, began serious classical piano studies at 9 years of age. He gave his first solo recital less than a year later and made his professional solo debut at the age of 16, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1 with the Space Coast Philharmonic. Mr. Cox was a student of the renowned concert pianist, Leonidas Lipovetsky. He studied violin with Eliot Chapo (former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic) and voice with Roy Delp (Florida State University). He also studied vocal pedagogy and opera coaching with Dr. Jerrold Pope (Metropolitan Opera, Florida State University, Boston University). Trey completed 3 years at the Florida State University as a piano performance major before moving to Prague, Czech Republic, to finish his musical training at the Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Central America. He has collaborated with musicians from many of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses. During his time at Florida State University, he was the resident pianist for the FSU Contemporary Music Ensemble and a coach with the Florida State Opera. Mr. Cox also worked for 91.5 WFSQ-radio as a composer/arranger/orchestrater and producer for National Public Radio's "Stories on the Air". While living in Europe, he appeared in many music festivals, as a soloist and collaborative pianist, including the highly acclaimed, seasonal, Prague festivals. He has shared the stage with members of the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. Trey has collaborated with Karl-Heinz Schütz, resident flute-soloist for the Vienna Philharmonic and principal flute for the Vienna State Opera. He has performed in many great performance halls across the US and Europe, including all three of the famous Fox Theatres, the Czech National Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., as well as many others. Aside from his extensive piano experience, he is also an accomplished violinist, conductor, vocalist and opera/music theatre coach. Recently, Mr. Cox spent 8 years travelling with 1st national tours of Broadway shows as a pianist and music director/conductor. He has collaborated with Tony award winning directors, Casey Nicholaw and Susan Stroman, as well as, Oscar and Tony award winning writer/director/producer, Mel Brooks. He travelled and performed with the Tony award winning show, the Drowsy Chaperone, Mel Brook's, Young Frankenstein and the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables. Mr. Cox has 21 years of teaching experience and is offering professional instruction in Piano, Voice, Violin and Conducting.
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