Thomas Bara

Piano, Organ, Harp, and Percussion Chair, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Organ and Assistant Director of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp


M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., University of Michigan; graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy

Instructor of Organ Thomas Bara came to Interlochen from Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he worked as Assistant Organist under Gerre Hancock.

Prior to his appointment to Saint Thomas, Bara held positions as Organist-Choirmaster and Fine Arts Chair at the Saint James School in Saint James, Maryland and Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York.

Recognized for his outstanding work at Interlochen teaching young organists and introducing new musicians to the organ, Bara served nationally on the Committee on the New Organist, which oversees the American Guild of Organists' tremendously successful Pipe Organ Encounters.

Bara was Organ Scholar at Saint Thomas Church and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. At Eastman School of Music, Bara received the prestigious Performance Certificate and the first Harold Gleason Emerging Artist Award. His teachers include Robert Glasgow, Arthur Haas, Gerre Hancock, David Higgs, John O'Brien, Robert Murphy, and Russell Saunders.

Bara won first prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition and was a finalist in the National Young Artist Competition and Fort Wayne National Organ Competition. He has performed widely as soloist and as accompanist to The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, including concerts at the Royal Cathedral, Copenhagen; King's College, Cambridge; Saint John's Smith Square, London; and Saint Paul's Cathedral, London. His CD "Pageant: A Pipe Organ Spectacular" is available on the Raven label.

In addition to his roles at Interlochen, Bara is the organist at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City, Michigan.

Bara earned his Masters of Music from Eastman School of Music, and his Bachelors of Music from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.