Tom Lopez


    Tom Lopez composes music for soloists, ensembles, electronics, video, and dance.  Reviews of his work include: “A rich and sensuous piece…”…the rousing orchestral score delivers a resonant rush of adrenaline…”…incredibly effective…”…extremely well-written…”…the most artistically satisfying work on the program.”

    Tom has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Betty Freeman Foundation, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Knight Foundation, the Disney Foundation, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. He has appeared at festivals and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. Tom has been a resident artist at various international centers and his compositions have received critical acclaim and peer recognition including CD releases by Innova, Centaur, Vox Novus, SCI, SEAMUS, and the Oberlin Label.

    Tom teaches in the Contemporary Music Division at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he is Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts in the TIMARA Department (Technology in Music and Related Arts). He is also a Teaching Artist with Avivo, a community of artists dedicated to cultivating creativity through music.

    Tom feels grateful to have studied with many influential composition teachers: Gary Nelson, Conrad Cummings, Morton Subotnick, Sal Martirano, Russell Pinkston, and Stephen Montague; and especially proud to have learned from a great many talented students.

    Stefano Sacher

    Composition and Director

      Stefano Sacher graduated from the conservatories G. Tartini of Trieste, G.B. Martini of Bologna, and from the faculty of arts at the University of Trieste, where he studied composition, voice, conducting, and jazz. He furthered his studies in composition with Antonio Bibalo, and in conducting with Samuil Vidas, Donato Renzetti.

      Mr. Sacher begin his conducting career in 1985 as a choral conductor and later with the string ensemble Nova Sinfonietta, performing compositions from the Italian Baroque through the Twentieth Century. He has conducted choral and symphonic works, Italian operas, musicals, and jazz repertoire with ensembles such as the Academic Orchestra of Budapest, Mongolian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre of Havana, the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra, the Serenade Ensemble, and the Gruppo Polifonico "Claudio Monteverdi" di Ruda, performing concerts in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Malta, Sweden, Mongolia, and Cuba.

      Mr. Sacher has composed choral and instrumental music, songs, a ballet, music for radio, chamber operas, and musical plays. His compositions are published by Pizzicato, Taukaj, and Nomos Editions.

      Since 2001, Mr. Sacher has served as the music teacher at the United World College of the Adriatic. He speaks fluent Italian, English, Slovenian, and German.