Emeritus Thomas Siwe earned both his B.M. and M.M. degrees at the University
of Illinois. Upon graduation, he performed extensively as a soloist and
recorded both solo and ensemble music, playing with such diverse groups as
the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra, University of Chicago
Contemporary Chamber Players and the Harry Partch Ensemble. He is a former
member of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Sinfonia da Camera, and the U.S. Marine
Band at Camp Pendleton.
Professor Siwe began his teaching career at
Northwestern University. He later taught at the University of Wisconsin and
Northern Illinois University before returning to his alma mater, the
University of Illinois, to direct its percussion program from 1969 to 1998.
His students may be found teaching in many well-known collegiate music
schools and departments and are members of some of the most prestigious
performing organizations throughout the United States.
As a past president of the Percussive Arts Society, Professor Siwe
served on the Society’s Board of Directors and contributed articles to both Percussive
Notes and the Research Edition. His catalogs of percussion ensemble and solo
music are found in libraries throughout the world. They are currently
available on-line at the PAS web-site, www.pas.org. His most recent
publication, Percussion: A Course of Study for the Future Band and Orchestra
Director, is available from Media Press.