Tom Maples is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He earned a B.M. degree at the University of Kansas studying with Ed Laut, and a M.A. degree at the University of Iowa studying with Anthony Arnone. He has also studied with Anthony Elliott in Ann Arbor, MI, Michael Mermagen at the Aspen Music Festival and has played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.
Tom performs regularly with the Omaha Symphony and Orchestra Iowa. He has also played with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. As a graduate student at the University of Iowa, Tom was awarded a performance fellowship with the Center for New Music, performing recent and new works by student composers as well as faculty and guest composers. He was the winner of the First Annual String Area Chamber Music Competition, performing Dvorak's String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 with the University of Iowa string faculty. In 2014 Tom gave a series of outreach lecture performances on Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with the EpHawk Quartet, a graduate student piano quartet under the direction of Elizabeth Oakes.
A dedicated teacher, Tom has been coaching and teaching students aged 5 and up for more than 10 years. Tom began playing the cello in his elementary school music program, so he understands the importance of arts education in public schools. In addition to teaching privately, he has volunteered in public schools, working closely with music educators to help coach cello students on technique and musicianship.
A native of Lawrence, KS, Tom grew up in a culturally rich community with an eclectic music scene. He developed an early appreciation for all kinds of music, from classic rock, indie rock, hip-hop and country to bluegrass, blues, jazz and jam bands, just to name a few. Tom has experience playing a variety of styles of music, and has contributed to two indie rock albums and a documentary soundtrack.