Sleeper bows out

Sleeper bows out


norman lebrecht

April 22, 2018

Thomas Sleper retired this week after 25 years at the head of the Frost Symphony Orchestra at the University of Miami.

He made it a rare bastion of American and English 20th century music.

Read here.


  • H says:

    I played under him in the Florida Youth Orchestra back in high school – a good conductor, but we would often play his own compositions…unsurprisingly, it looks like he did the same thing at UM’s orchestra, at least at the concert the article reviews.

  • Leipzig Chorister says:

    (sarcasm alert)
    I sang under Johann Sebastian Bach back in high school — a good choral director, but we would often sing his own cantatas…honestly, these conductors should know their place, and refrain from composing, because classical music is all about everyone specialising in a tiny silo of musical activity, to the exclusion of all else!

    • H says:

      Ha. Okay, okay. I didn’t say he shouldn’t compose at all, but a youth orchestra should probably learn to play the standard rep before playing the conductor’s compositions.

      Also, I think if Mr. Sleeper was comparable to Bach, it would be a different story. (He’s not.)