Isaac Thomas, Minister of Music, Outreach, and Technology
Email: isaac@spcnorfolk.org
 
Our Minister of Music, Outreach, and Technology, Isaac Thomas, joined the SPC staff in 2014. He has served as a church music director in Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas serving congregations of various sizes. He is currently completing a piano course through The Juilliard School in the Open Classroom program with Dr. Michael Shinn (chair of Keyboard Studies) and Mr. Kevin Ahfat (Juilliard course fellow). Mr. Thomas is also in his final semester at Dubuque Theological Seminary in the Commissed Ruling Elder program. He received his musical education at The University of Arkansas and John Brown University and then pursued further studies in conducting, piano, harpsichord, and voice at Texas Wesleyan University and The University of Texas at Arlington. He has had the distinction of being commissioned to compose for two world renowned choirs: The American Boychoir, Princeton, NJ and The Bel Canto Company, Greensboro, NC. His choral composition "Lux Aeterna" (written in memory of the victims of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing of 1995) received critical acclaim. It has been recorded by The American Boychoir (conduted by Dr. Craig Denison), The John Brown University Cathedral Choir, (conducted by Dr. Shawna Cross-Stewart), and The Arkansas State University Singers (conducted by Dr. Carmen Scialla). He also composed the piano accompaniment to the choral anthem “The Lord Emmanuel” (co-written with his high school choral director, Bill Burrows) which was performed at the White House for former President Bill Clinton by the Barbara Mashburn Singers.  He served as the choir and orchestra conductor for contemporary Christian artist Twila Paris and special guest musician Fernando Ortega on the final concert of her True North concert tour in Springdale, Arkansas. Thomas has several recordings available on iTunes and Amazon (and with all major digitial music retailers). He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as well as the American Guild of Organists (AGO).