Hi, and welcome to my website! I am the Assistant Professor of Composition (Emerging Media and Digital Arts) at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I also serve as Music Director and Composer in Residence for the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble. My work at UNL is focused on the Composition Department, the Digital Arts Initiative, and the Jazz Studies Program.
I also own my own production company, Tom Larson Music, Inc. With this and my former business, Studio Q Recording, I have produced music for TV and radio advertising, industrial videos, and documentary films. Among my credits are the scores for three docs for the PBS American Experience series (a production of WBGH-TV, Boston): In the White Man's Image, Around the World in 72 Days, and Monkey Trial (which won a 2002 Peabody Award). I have also scored Willa Cather: The Road is All for WNET-TV (New York), Ashes from the Dust for NOVA, and the PBS specials Standing Bear's Footprint, Most Honorable Son, and In Search of the Oregon Trail. I've also written music that has been used by the CBS-TV series The District, Phoenix-based Music Oasis, LA-based Music Animals, Chicago-based General Learning Communications, and advertising agencies in Nebraska and the Midwest.
As a recording engineer, I've worked as tracking, mixing, and/or mastering engineer for artists such as Paul Barnes, Jackie Allen, Hans Sturm, François Rabbath, The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, The Concordia String Trio, Brad Colerick, and others.
As a jazz pianist I have performed with Dave Stryker, John Ellis, Victor Lewis, Jerry Bergonzi, Jackie Allen, Paul Shaffer, Chris Potter, Bobby Shew, Claude Williams, Bo Diddley, and The Omaha Symphony. In 2014 I played at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble, playing a program of primarily my music.
I've also written three textbooks, The History and Tradition of Jazz (4th ed.), Modern Sounds: The Artistry of Contemporary Jazz (2nd ed.), and The History of Rock and Roll (4th ed.), all published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing (Dubuque, IA).
As an avid runner, I have run multiple full and half marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2006, and 2007. I have three children, Kalie, Will, and Carolyn, and am married to my lovely wife Kim Collier.