Faculty & Staff

Thomas Lerew

  • Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
  • School of Music and Worship Arts
  • BMus, Houghton College
  • MMus, Syracuse University
  • DMA, The University of Arizona

Contact Info

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  • Office: 615-248-1571



Thomas directs the TNU Singers and Concert Choir and teaches courses in Conducting, Music Education and Aural Theory. He has conducted choirs in performance in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Poland, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Past conducting experiences include the University of Arizona Symphonic Choir, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Arizona Repertory Singers. Thomas taught vocal music and music theory in public high schools in New York and Pennsylvania before pursuing graduate studies and college teaching. He is the Director of Music Ministries at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church and serves on the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as its collegiate choirs coordinator as well as the Southern Region of ACDA as its webmaster. 

A native of the family apple orchards of south central Pennsylvania, Thomas and his wife, Kerry, now live in Nashville with their two children. For more about his work, visit thomaslerew.com.

Certifications & Memberships

American Choral Directors Association

Gordon Institute for Music Learning

National Association for Music Education

National Collegiate Choral Organization
Pi Kappa Lambda
Tennessee Music Education Association

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests

Aural Music Theory
Choral Literature

Choral Music Performance


Vocal Music Education


Dissertation (2016):
 Programming For Success: A Study of Repertoire Selection Practices By Undergraduate-Focused, Religiously-Affiliated, Collegiate Choral Programs Nationally Recognized For Performance Excellence (ProQuest/UMI 10128142)