Thomas Goss is a professional composer and orchestrator with an international roster of clients, from New Zealand’s dub sensation Che Fu to Canada’s rising jazz star Nikki Yanofsky.
Thomas Goss
Thomas' compositions, orchestrations, and crossover arrangements have been performed by such ensembles as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Ensemble, who premiered his whimsical tuba quintet “The Seven Deadly Sins (of a dog)” in 2001 at Davies Symphony Hall.

New commissions have kept Thomas busy around his work this year for macProVideo. His drinking game for brass trio, “Variations on John Barleycorn Must Die,” was commissioned and performed this year by ACE Brass Trio in Timaru, New Zealand. Another new work, “Concerto Aotearoa” for harp and orchestra, was commissioned by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, and will be premiered by them in mid-2013 with harp soloist Christina Kopriva.

Thomas is also a pioneer in the field of orchestral education programs. In his adopted country of New Zealand, every full-time orchestra from Christchurch Symphony to the New Zealand Symphony orchestra has performed his educational programming. His piece for narrator and orchestra, “Tane and the Kiwi,” was commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia in 2002, and has been performed many times across New Zealand since then. There are currently plans to release “Tane” as a CD, along with two additional pieces for narrator and orchestra that Thomas composed on Maori legends: “Maui’s Fishhook” and “Battle of the Mountains,” both commissioned and premiered by the Vector Wellington Orchestra over the past two seasons.

In Thomas’s current role as Education Composer-in-residence for Vector Wellington Orchestra, he has composed a yearly series of orchestra discovery programs for young listeners ages 2 to 6, called “Baby Pops.” Now in its fifth year, this ongoing series has introduced tens of thousands of children in New Zealand’s Lower North Island region to orchestral instruments and music through song, story-telling, and active participation.

Thomas Goss is also a strong supporter of orchestras on the community and youth level. He served for six years as composer in residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, a group of topnotch teen string players who perform standing without a conductor. In that capacity, he composed numerous concertos and string orchestra works, featuring some of the best players from the ranks as soloists. Some of these works continue to be programmed, such as Thomas’s Double Bass concerto, which was the repertoire of bassist Louis Van Der Mespel’s prize winning showing at this year’s Wellington Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Thomas has also worked with numerous other non-professional groups, like the American Philharmonic Cotati, who commissioned and premiered his “Phoenix Concerto” with erhu (Chinese violin) virtuoso Xiaofeng Zheng in 2005.

Thomas is also in demand as a writer on music, having contributed interviews, articles, and reviews to such journals as 20th/21st Century Music, San Francisco Classical Voice, and New Zealand Musician Magazine. He is a regular on-air presenter with Radio New Zealand Concert’s many programs such as Appointment, The Critic’s Chair, and Composer of the Week.

Thomas Goss has been using notation software since it was first developed for the personal computer in the 1980’s, and became a Sibelius user from its first version in the year 2000. He has scored over 20 hours of professionally performed orchestral music using Sibelius, and many more chamber pieces and piano works. His YouTube Channel, Orchestration Online, features a detailed review of the latest version of Sibelius, along with advice on orchestration, score-reading, and many other topics for the composer-in-training.

Thomas lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife Erica and son Charlie, and one very unappreciative cat.

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Courses by Thomas Goss
  • Orchestration 102
    The Wind Section
    The wind section is the most colorful section of the orchestra. In this course, you learn all about the instrument families, their techniques and articulations and how to score for them. So master the winds with our favorite maestro, Thomas Goss!
    (8)
  • Orchestration 101
    The String Section
    Join A-list orchestrator, Thomas Goss – along with top professional orchestra players – and learn the art of composing and orchestrating for strings!
    (40)
  • Sibelius 7 103
    Jazz Quintet Project
    Explore the art of notating jazz charts. See the notational power of Avid’s Sibelius 7 with renowned composer/arranger Thomas Goss...
    (12)
  • Sibelius 7 102
    Piano Score Project
    Master Composer Thomas Goss is back with the 2nd course in his five-part Sibelius 7 series. Join Thomas as he shows you how to beautifully notate a piano piece written especially for this course!
    (8)
  • Sibelius 7 100
    QuickLook Guide
    Join composer and orchestrator Thomas Goss in this free QuickLook Guide that teasingly shows you the basics of music notation and score preparation using Sibelius 7, an amazingly powerful program that will get you creating stunning scores in no time...
    (8)
  • Sibelius 7 101
    Lead Sheet Project
    Internationally-renowned composer and Sibelius 7 expert Thomas Goss takes you on a journey in the first movement of his notational symphony where you'll learn how to create a great-looking lead sheet...
    (11)
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