Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey
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Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey
Director of Orchestral Activities
Music History Coordinator
Degrees & Schools
- Doctor in Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting, The University of Georgia
- Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Louisiana State University
- Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance, Eastern Illinois University
Reviewed by critics as a “dynamic and exciting conductor” whose conducting is “imbued with aplomb, energy, and pathos,” Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey currently is Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has conducted many distinguished orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including the Bakersfield, Lamont, Macon, Norwalk, Rapides, and Washburn symphonies; the Naples Philharmonic; Rose City Chamber Orchestra; Chicago Reading Orchestra; Bacau Philharmonic in Romania; and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada. He has also worked with numerous conservatory, university, and youth orchestras in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
As Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Dickey conducts the UW-Platteville Symphony Orchestra and musical theatre productions, and teaches courses in music history, music theory, aural skills, orchestral conducting, and applied organ. During his tenure, he has been lauded for his performances of masterworks by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner. Under his leadership, the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra won third place in the 2012 American Prize in Orchestral Performance Competition and was invited to perform at the American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival and the Iowa Music Educators Association All-State Convention.
Dr. Dickey regularly conducts honors orchestras throughout the country, presents clinics at all-state conventions, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras and festivals. A talented bassoonist, pianist, and organist, he has performed extensively throughout Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Dr. Dickey previously was Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville and Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Prior to his appointments in Iowa and Wisconsin, he held conducting posts with professional, college, and opera orchestras in Georgia, Illinois, and Louisiana and faculty positions at the University of Dubuque and Clarke University.
A native of Illinois, Dr. Dickey began piano studies at the age of four. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, respectively, and graduated with highest honors from Eastern Illinois University, where he received the Excellence in Fine Arts scholarship. He has worked with conductors such as Carl Topilow, Christopher Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and numerous workshops and master classes.