Schleis, Thomas H. (1949-2012) | University of Illinois Archives

Name: Schleis, Thomas H. (1949-2012)

Historical Note: Thomas H. Schleis (December 13, 1949 - July 19, 2012) was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin by Samuel and Jeanette (Hall) Schleis.  He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin, and spent a year studying German opera as a Fullbright Scholar.  In 1981 he joined the University of Illinois as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Music and taught music history and performance for the Opera Theatre Program.  He remained with the University until his death in 2012, and also served as a vocal coach and accompanist for the Opera Department as well as manager of the Opera Theatre program.  In addition he served as principal organist for the University's St. John's Chapel between 1979 and 2012, and taught non-credit classes for the University's Senior Scholars and the Elderhostel programs for over ten years.
Note Author: Aaron Romm

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