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B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Tom Zajac
Senior Music Performance Faculty in Recorder and Early Winds; Director, Wellesley Collegium Musicum

Specialist in medieval and Renaissance music performance practice. Performs on a large number of wind and percussion instruments.

Tom has an abiding interest in the confluence of historical and socio-cultural approaches to music making, working happily in the realm where time and place meet. He has done research and performance projects on colonial Latin-American music as well as on the music of the three religious cultures of pre-expulsion Spain and on music in Eastern Europe, from Poland to the Ottoman court of 16th to 19th-century Turkey. He is also working on a collection of musical works using all of the various canonic techniques available to composers throughout history with the goal of eventually publishing a performer's guide to Medieval and Renaissance canon.

Tom directs the early music ensemble at Wellesley which always includes a womens' schola that performs medieval chant and polyphony and Renaissance music for womens' voices, and often a mixed vocal ensemble using community or guest male singers, as well as an instrumental ensemble of period instruments. Tom also teaches at workshops throughout the US, directs the San Francisco Early Music Society's Medieval & Renaissance Summer Program in Sonoma County, CA, and teaches privately from his home in Boston.

Tom performs, records and tours with the Philadelphia-based Renaissance wind band Piffaro, and appears frequently as a guest artist with many of the leading early music ensembles in the Boston area and throughout the US. He also performs with Boston's Turkish music ensemble Dünya.

Tom enjoys recreational biking, listens to all types of music, loves good food and wines and has a passion for the genre of short film animation and its history.