Tom Trenney shares his passion as pastoral musician, composer, and teacher in worship with his home congregation, in the college classroom, and in performances, hymn festivals, choral and organ workshops and master classes all around the country. Tom is blessed to be in his twelfth season as Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he shepherds three adult choirs, accompanies the congregation on the Lied organ, preaches sermons, and serves as Artistic Director of the Abendmusik Concert Series. Since 2016, First-Plymouth’s choirs have been honored to perform at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention as well as for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The Plymouth Choir was the only church choir named a finalist for the American Prize in 2018-19.
Since Fall 2019, Tom has been Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor of Choirs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, following interim choral positions at Doane University and Wartburg College. He is also founding Artistic Director and Conductor of sounding light– a professional choir which has sung for national ACDA and was awarded third place in 2018-19 for the American Prize for choral performance of American music.
Tom’s choral compositions have been published by Augsburg Fortress, Beckenhorst Press, Choristers Guild, E.C. Schirmer/Galaxy, Morningstar, MusicSpoke, Pavane, and G. Schirmer. His music has been sung in churches and colleges around the country. In the 2018-19 season, Tom has been invited as guest performer and clinician for national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Hymn Society of America. He and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir were featured at the 2019 National Conference on Sacred Music.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors – especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, Craig Hella Johnson, (Mister) Fred Rogers, William Weinert, Anne Wilson and Todd Wilson.