Tommy Swanson - Flute, Piano
Tommy's music studies began at the age of 9 with the flute, and it was then that he knew he wanted to make this his life's work. Tommy has been recognized in many state competitions including being the winner of the Advanced Masterclass at the Florida Flute Convention with Paula Robison and Leone Buyse, the Texas Flute Festival Masterclass Competition with Gary Schocker, the Wisconsin Flute Festival Masterclass competition with Marianne Gedigian and receiving 2nd Prize in the High School Young Artists’ Competition as well as the the College Young Artists’ Competition at the Florida Flute Association. His music has given him the privilege to travel nationally and internationally to many places across the United States as well as Guatemala, Canada, Spain, and France.
Tommy received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida under the teachings of Dr. Nora Lee Garcia and had studied with Dr. Tadeu Coehlo. He is currently studying to be a Board Certified Music Therapist and a certified Alexander Technique Teacher. Tommy aspires to use the two to help children in need.
Tommy has had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of ages and areas such as flute, piano, aural skills, and music theory. He has taught at numerous academic institutions including many high schools, the University of Central Florida, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Tommy loves to help his students discover their voice, find the courage to be who they are, and guide them to who they are destined to be!