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Music Faculty

Tom McNichols

Tom McNichols

Applied Voice

Email: tmcnichols@sxu.edu

Biography

Chicago based tenor, Thomas McNichols, is an alumnus of Saint Xavier University. He earned a double undergraduate degree in vocal performance and music education. As an adjunct professor at SXU, he currently teaches Applied Voice, Opera Workshop, Art Song Literature, and Italian/English Diction. He also teaches general music at St. Catherine Of Alexandria School in Oak Lawn, and has previously been on faculty at Mother McAuley High School, St. Cajetan School, and St. Bernadette Catholic Academy.

While completing his graduate studies in vocal performance at North Park University, McNichols was a featured soloist with the University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra, and performed the roles of Kei-Ki-Ka-Ko in Offenbach's Ba-ta-clan, Prince Aprile in Respighi's La bella dormenta nel bosco, Léon in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, and Tamino in Mozart's die Zauberflöte. As part of his choral experience at North Park, he was a tenor soloist in performances of Handel's Messiah, and a participant in the Bach Week festival Chorus in Chicago, under the direction of Dr. Richard Webster.

Internationally, he has performed the roles of Tamino in Mozart's die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar, Germany, and Don Ottavio from Mozart's Don Giovanni with Toronto Summer Opera Workshop in Toronto, Canada, a role he reprised with Opera Festival di Roma in Orvieto, Italy. While in Weimar, he was also a featured soloist with the Thüringer Symphoniker, Saalfield-Rudolstadt, singing highlights as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata, and Edgar in Donzetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

Locally McNichols has performed the role of Nemorino in condensed outreach performances of Donzetti's L'Elisir d'Amore through Main Street Opera's educational program with Casa Italia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem), as well as the Oak Park Symphony (excerpts from Wagner's Parisfal), and has appeared in several productions with the formerly 99th Street Theater (Captain Albert Lennox-The Secret Garden, Buddy Foster-Side Show, and Company-Shrek the Musical).