Thom Limbert

Composer, percussionist and technologist Dr. Thomas Limbert will be joining our faculty in the Fall as Director of The Walford Recording Studio and Composition Program.

Dr. Limbert comes with a wealth of training and experience in teaching music technology, composition and world music. He is also a seasoned performer on percussion with his group Pulsoptional-band of composers.

Originally from the Baltimore area, he graduated from the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, Music & Philosophy, 1997), receiving the Thelma Thompson award for composition. He subsequently served on the percussion faculty of UNC-CH and worked as an audio engineer before starting graduate work in composition at Duke University on fellowship from which he received an MA (2006) and PhD (2010) in composition.

He is currently teaching at the Indiana University South Bend where his teaching mainly revolves around topics related to audio technology, composition and ethnomusicology. He has taught studio composition as well as percussion. He worked with renowned ethnomusicologist, Paul Berliner, to record, edit and mix the audio included in Berliner's comprehensive publication on the Mbira Dzavadzimu music of Zimbabwe published by Chicago University Press.

In addition to his ongoing work as a composer of both acoustic and electronic music, Dr. Limbert is active as a percussionist, audio engineer, and researcher with interests in temporality, the intersections of technology and performance, non-western and popular music aesthetics, and acoustic ecology, concerns which continually inform his creative work. He has performed with Duke's Encounters New Music series, Duke/UNC Milestones Festival, Peace College Chamber Singers, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble/CONCEPT 21 and as guest artist with the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Limbert's music has been commissioned and/or performed across North America and abroad by, among others, Burning Coal Theater Company, Duke Theater Studies, IUSB Theater productions, UNC Percussion Ensemble, the Duke & UNC Symphony Orchestras, Sarah Gaston and the Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Rhymes With Opera, Women's Voices Chorus, The South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Pulsoptional. His music is published by Studio 4 Music, Keyboard Percussion Publications and FuguFish publishing.