Tom Jaber is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. For the past twenty two years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country. In 2007, Mr. Jaber was guest conductor in a large festival of choral music in the Sydney Opera House. He also appeared in recitals and operatic programs on the Amalfi coast in Italy and in the Harbin, China International Festival as well as Beijing and Shang-Hai.
Mr. Jaber is an honor graduate of Arkansas State University, Indiana University and the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music where he was a member of the faculty from 1976-88. In addition, he was conductor and vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts from 1977-86, and was Music Director of the Temple University Opera Theater from 1986-88.
Tom Jaber enjoyed a long association with the world-renowned entertainer Fred Waring. He worked as the head pianist at the Waring annual summer workshops with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians at Pennsylvania State University and elsewhere. He was also a featured conductor and pianist with Virigina Waring on the PBS Broadcasts of the Fred Waring US Chorus in the years following Mr. Waring’s death.
As Director of Music and Organist at Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church, he has led Chapelwood's Chancel Choir in four international concert tours and played for thousands of services of worship throughout his tenure at Chapelwood and elsewhere over a very long career as a church musician. In 2006, he inaugurated the Evans Arts Series at Chapelwood UMC, where free-to-the-public presentations of a very wide and exciting variety of artistic expressions have been presented to the Houston Community.
Mr. Jaber was the Organist-Choirmaster of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1977- 88. There he led a professional chorus of singers and was heard regularly as organ recitalist on the Alexander McCurdy Organ.
In February 2011 Mr. Jaber served as Guest Conductor with Houston Masterworks Chorus leading them in some of the great musical masterworks of Opera and Broadway in a concert titled Music of the Stage. In May 2011 Houston Masterworks Chorus appointed Mr. Jaber as its Artistic Director and Conductor. He began his inaugural season with the Chorus with a moving presentation of Mozart’s Requiem in memory of the tragedies of September 11, 2001; in November the Chorus presented a program of music of the works of Benjamin Britten titled Great Britten! In December he led the Chorus in a thrilling performance of Handel’s Messiah presented in Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Upcoming concerts include the music of Poulenc, Gounod and Faust in a program titled French Evolution on February 19, 2012 in Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall. The season will end with two presentations of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem; the first to be presented in collaboration with the Rice Chorale and Orchestra in Stude Concert Hall on April 20, 2012 and the second in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in Jones Hall on May 6, 2012.
Tom Jaber has performed as piano accompanist for the Texas Music Educator's Music Association All-State Mixed Choirs with conductors Jo-Michael Scheibe and Simon Carrington. And, he has now collaborated with Dr. Lynne Gackle for two separate Texas All-State Women's Choruses. He joined Dr. Gackle as piano accompanist for the Honor Women’s Chorus of the American Choral Directors Association at their national convention in Chicago in March 2011.
Tom and Andrea Jaber are the parents of Benjamin - Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Patricia - Case Worker for Houston’s Caring Adoptions, and Joseph who is a sophomore at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.