Dr. Thomas Mark Breadon Jr. is a teacher, bassoonist, and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona.
Thomas is currently adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College where he teaches bassoon and composition lessons, music theory, and humanities courses. He is the bassoon instructor at Rosie’s House, a non-profit organization that provides free music instruction and instruments to underserved students, and he maintains a private bassoon studio in the greater Phoenix area. Over the summers, he teaches bassoon, chamber music, improvisation, and composition at the Mill Ave Chamber Players Summer Chamber Music Camp.
In 2016 he became a member of both the Mill Ave Chamber Players and the West Valley Symphony Orchestra. The Mill Ave Chamber Players is a professional chamber music ensemble based in Phoenix that annually performs over 50 concerts and was nominated for both the city of Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award in 2016 and 2017 and the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in 2017. His first year with the ensemble concluded with recording
WHAT THE BIRDS SAID in which the Mill Ave Chamber Players were joined by The Pacific Arts Wind Quintet to record the music of John Steinmetz. This past summer, MACP recorded Thomas’s original compositions for woodwind quintet and narrator based on the universal tales of select Aesop’s Fables.
In June 2018, the Mill Ave Chamber Players will be recording his composition Impressions for Wind Quintet which will be released along with compositions by world renowned composers John Steinmetz and Kerry Turner.
Thomas currently has seven compositions published; two with Imagine Music Publishing and five through his own Breadon Music Publishing. In 2014 Thomas had an article published in the International Double Reed Society Journal The Double Reed titled “Two Studies on Improvisation and Brain Function.” His dissertation titled “The Pedagogical Use of Improvisation in Western Art Music” was published in 2016; it addresses the reasons why improvisation has been excluded in the study of Western Art Music, why we should reinstate the use of improvisation in our schools, and practical methods for introducing improvisation into personal practicing and private lessons. In 2015 he was awarded the Creation Project Grant to produce a project that was an amalgamation of improvised dance, painting, spoken-word poetry, interactive conductive technologies, and music that explored the Creation Project Theme: the immensity, complexity, and diversity of the natural world; a tribute to the act of creation and genius.
Dr. Breadon completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University in December of 2015 and holds Masters degrees in Bassoon Performance and Music Theory from The University of Akron, as well as a Bachelors in Music Performance from Morehead State University.