Tom Trenney serves as Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Lincoln, Nebraska. He leads a vibrant music ministry, conducting adult and children’s choirs, playing the church’s magnificent Schoenstein organ, and directing the acclaimed Abendmusik Concert Series. Tom is also on the choral faculty of Doane College where he conducts the Women’s Chorale, and he continues as Music Director of sounding light– a chamber choir which he founded in southeastern Michigan. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors, especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, David Higgs, William Weinert, Anne Wilson, and Todd Wilson.
Tom shares his passion as pastoral musician, performer, and teacher both in worship with his home congregation, in the college classroom, and in recitals, hymn festivals, choral and organ workshops, and master classes all around the country. Known for his engaging improvisations on hymns, silent films, scripture, poetry, and artwork, Tom became the first organist to be awarded First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006. He currently serves on the committee which administers this competition.
Represented by Karen McFarlane Artists Concert Management, Tom has performed at such venues as Royce Hall (UCLA), the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall (Nashville), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Ocean Grove Auditorium (New Jersey), Merrill Hall (Maine), Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego), and Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center (Philadelphia). Most notably, he has been featured as performer and teacher at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Calvin Institute of Worship. His critically-acclaimed recordings, Organa Americana (Pro Organo) and Organ Ovations and Improvisations (Raven), have been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and public radio’s With Heart and Voice.