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Thomas Crespo graduated with two masters of music degrees, in bassoon performance and chamber music performance, from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he studied with Jeffrey Lyman. Previously, he completed a bachelor of musical arts in bassoon with a double minor in corporate strategy and leadership & organization from Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Cynthia Estill and Laura Hauser.
As a performer, Crespo has performed regularly with orchestras around the states of Michigan and Tennessee, including the Adrian, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Rochester, Southwest Michigan and Toledo Symphonies. In addition, he has participated in numerous festivals, orchestral tours and summer programs nationally and internationally. In December 2012, Crespo toured southern China with the Vanderbilt University Orchestra as a guest musician, and he has been a participant at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Music Festival and Vanderbilt Summer Musique Acadamie in Aix-en-Provence. While in Aix, he studied with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in an intensive three-week program that included chamber music coachings, private lessons, and master classes with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Crespo is an avid performer of both chamber and solo literature. While a member of the Troika Wind Trio, he was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as first alternate for the 2010 Norfolk Summer Chamber Institute. As a soloist, Thomas was awarded first place at the MTSU International Bassoon Solo Competition & the BGSU Double Reed Day Competition as well as honorable mention for the 2009 and 2010 MTNA National Soloist Competitions. In the summer of 2012, he was a performing artist at the International Double Reed Convention and gave the world premiere of Michael Daugherty's contrabassoon solo Walk the Walk as part of the "Michigan Past & Present" concert.