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Dr. Thomas King

Professor Emeritus of Music

Tom King

Now retired from full-time teaching, Dr. Thomas King teaches music appreciation at Austin Peay State University in the post-retirement teaching program.

Dr. Thomas King, Professor Emeritus of Music at Austin Peay State University, holds music degrees from the University of Kansas, Indiana University and the University of Mississippi. He also received a Performer’s Certificate in opera from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and a Master of Arts degree in German from the University of Mississippi.
He was a professional opera singer in the German theater system for five years, singing over 400 performances during that time.  In the States, Dr. King has performed with the Memphis Opera, the Germantown Symphony, the Lancaster Pennsylvania Symphony, the Atlanta Chamber Opera, the Municipal Opera of St. Louis, the Kennesaw Opera, the Cobb Community Symphony, and with the Rapides Symphony and the Lake Charles Symphony, both in Louisiana.  Since coming to Austin Peay, he has premiered five operas, three of which have been written especially for him. 

Dr. King is the Co-Artistic Director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, celebrating his 30th summer in Austria in 2009. In Graz he teaches auditions training, networking for musicians and techniques to overcome performance anxiety, the topic of his doctoral thesis. He is an active recitalist and has performed all over the southeastern and midwestern states with his wife, Dr. Vicki King, as accompanist. 

He is a Deputy Governor of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men’s’ music fraternity, and has been the faculty advisor at Austin Peay since 1990. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and was inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the German honor society in 1987.  He is a member of the College Music Society, Southern Chapter, and has been Board member for Performance, Secretary/Treasurer, and President of the 950 member organization.   

Phone: (931) 221-7818
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 139