Dr. FitzStephens currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as choir director for Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor for Harmonia Atlanta, an intergenerational community chorus with members ages 15-85. Prior to 2023 he spent 18 years teaching music in public and private middle and high schools. For a decade he served as Vocal Music Director at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program at Berry College, working with Georgia’s most gifted high school students. He also worked for five years with professional singers at Capitol City Opera of Atlanta, leading and performing in the Madrigal Singers, a Renaissance-themed vocal ensemble.
Dr. Tom FitzStephens holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, a Master of Music in Conducting from Michigan State University’s College of Music, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University. He studied conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Dr. Sandra Snow, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. David Rayl, and voice with George Irving Shirley and Molly Fillmore.
Dr. FitzStephens’s writing is published in Visions of Research in Music Education, Teaching Music magazine, and his dissertation is available in ScholarWorks. He has presented at state and international music education conventions.