Tom Alderman, Principal Accompanist, has been a leader in the North Atlanta arts community for more than two decades. Mr. Alderman has served as organist and Music Associate at Roswell United Methodist Church since 1987 and played a major role in the design of its 94-rank Möller pipe organ and its 58-stop digital Allen organ. He accompanies the RUMC Children’s Worship Arts programs and plays for countless local weddings and funerals. He has been Principal Accompanist for The Michael O’Neal Singers (MOS) and the MOS ensemble Kaleidoscope (formerly The Michael O’Neal Chamber Singers) for more than fifteen years. He is also in demand as a recitalist in the greater area, where he is often called upon to play inaugural organ concerts.
A native of Savannah, Tom attended Shorter College on a full-tuition competitive scholarship where he earned his Bachelor of music Degree in Organ Performance. While at Shorter, Tom won first place in the Organ Division of the Georgia Music Teacher’s Association competition in 1974, and also placed first in the Atlanta Chapter, American Guild of Organists competition in 1975.
Tom performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall in May 2000 as the accompanist for The Michael O’Neal Singers and the RUMC Sanctuary Choir in their performance of Schubert’s Mass in G. He has represented both the Sanctuary Choir and MOS internationally as accompanist for the International Methodist Choral Festival in July 2008, as accompanist for the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy in both 2008 and 2011, and more recently for concerts by the combined ensembles in Spain (2014), Austria (2016), and Ireland (coming up in 2018).
Tom is a walking encyclopedia of music history, which he often shares with school children in the area and with adults who attend his concerts. He regularly gives organ demonstrations to preschool and elementary-aged children, where he explains how the RUMC organs function and demonstrates their–and his–many abilities. His modest countenance and patient manner make him a charismatic teacher. Almost every Sunday after church services conclude, one can find Tom still at the organ, graciously fielding compliments and questions from admiring congregants.
In addition to his musical talents, Tom has also held leadership positions in the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He currently serves on the Executive Committee and as the Coordinator of the Young Artists Initiatives for the Atlanta Chapter of AGO.