Thomas Verchot has taught trumpet at The Allen-Stevenson School for 30 years. In addition to A-S, he was on the music faculty of the Fieldston School, concurrently with his time at A-S, for 9 years. He taught at the Ethical Culture School, the Caedmon School, and has a private studio of students.
Mr. Verchot also maintains a busy performance schedule. He has performed with New York City Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, Orchestra of St. John the Divine, Orchestra of St. Patrick’s Cathedral (MSG Papal Mass in 2015), New Jersey Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Bach Aria Group, Amor Artis, Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony (MA), Greenwich Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, New Philharmonic of NJ and the NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He was a substitute musician on Broadway with the original production of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Finding Neverland. Other commercial credits include playing lead trumpet for Lorna Luft, and Clint Holmes at the Café Carlyle. As a specialist in new and experimental music, he has been the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and Ostravská Banda (Ostrava, CZ) and has performed with Ensemble Echappé, TILT Brass, Wet Ink Ensemble, and North/South Consonance. He is featured on the recording of Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto with the American Festival of Microtonal Music on the CD Early. Internationally, he was principal trumpet of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, for 6 seasons, and was a member of the Orquesta Filarmonica del Bajio in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Thomas has a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University (PA), and an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Manhattan School of Music. His trumpet teachers have included: Edward Treutel, John Ware, Vince Penzarella, Peter Bond, James Pandolfi, Laurie Frink, and Dominic Derasse.