THOMAS JABER conducts the Choral Ensembles of the Shepherd School of Music, coaches singers, and is often heard as piano accompanist in many concerts annually at the school and elsewhere. Mr. Jaber often prepares and conducts operatic productions at the Shepherd School. Mr. Jaber has degrees in piano from Arkansas State University and Indiana University and holds a Performers Certificate from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music. He was a principal vocal coach at the Curtis Institute for twelve seasons, and also coached and conducted many productions at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. He also was the music director of the opera department of Temple University, and was Brown Visiting Professor at Baylor University. Long recognized for his musical versatility, he is also an accomplished organist and harpsichordist, Mr. Jaber has collaborated in hundreds of concerts with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists. His choirs have performed in important venues in the US and abroad. He also had the great fortune to work closely as piano accompanist with the great master entertainer Fred Waring. Mr. Jaber was the Organist-Choirmaster of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and was heard regularly in recital on the Alexander McCurdy Organ. He is the Director of Music at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, where he oversees one of the country's largest parish music programs.