Tom Tropp (G14) enjoys a multifaceted music career as a conductor, musicologist, recording producer, and piano technician. He is the founder and managing editor of The Galant Masters Project, an editorial venture intended to rediscover lost works of Galant-style sacred music by producing critical performing editions and recordings of previously unpublished manuscripts. He is also the president of SoundByte Studios, an internationally respected recording services company specializing in choral and choral/orchestral record production. Since founding this company in 1999, Dr. Tropp has produced over two hundred recordings of educational, amateur, and professional choirs.
As a conductor, Dr. Tropp’s area of specialization is eighteenth century sacred music. His energetic and engaging style has put him in increasing demand as a guest conductor and clinician, where he particularly enjoys working with choirs and orchestras wishing to gain experience in historic performance practice of early music. He is the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois; Music Director of the Chicago Galant Consort, a professional early music choir and orchestra that serves as the resident ensemble for the Galant Masters Project; and a faculty member in the School of Music at North Park University in Chicago.
As a keyboard technician, Dr. Tropp has a particular interest in vintage pianos and period instruments (harpsichord, chamber organ, fortepiano, etc.). He does some standard tuning and maintenance work, but focuses primarily on reconditioning and restoration projects.
Tom Tropp holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, the Master of Music degree in conducting and historical musicology from The University of Arizona, and the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where his dissertation, Cantaten in Musik gesetzt von W.A. Mozart: The Contrafacta Cantatas, K.Anh. 124-130, was the 2014 recipient of the American Choral Directors Association’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
Dr. Tropp resides in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his wife Anne and daughter Katie.