Thomas Pousont is an accomplished organist, harpsichordist, choral director and vocalist. Thomas delights audiences in the US, Canada and Europe where his sensitivity to all styles of keyboard music makes him a much sought after recitalist and accompanist.
Thomas received his baccalaureate in organ and vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was granted the degrees of Master and Doctor of Music in organ performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, working with John Grew, William Porter, and Hans-Ola Ericsson. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to study historic eighteenth-century organs in the Bach homeland of Thuringia and Saxony in Germany.
In addition to his role at Mount Holyoke, Thomas is the Director of Music and Organist at the First Church of Deerfield. In Deerfield, Thomas leads a diverse and sophisticated music program. He directs multiple choirs and instrumentalists in the weekly performance of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day. An active participant in musical life in Western Massachusetts, he has focused on creating an array of musical outreach opportunities at the First Church of Deerfield. He initiated The Deerfield Choral Scholars to provide choral opportunities to young singers from area high schools. Born from his interest in community and communal singing, Thomas also created the Music and Verse series as avenue in which to bring together music and literature, featuring local writers and musicians.
A committed and skillful teacher, Thomas enjoys teaching all levels, whether it is introducing new students to the organ or harpsichord, or helping advanced players prepare for major performances. He teaches locally at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and Deerfield Academy.
- M.M., D.M.A., McGill University, Organ Performance
- B.M., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Organ and Vocal Performance