Tom Trenney

Tom Trenney

Assistant Professor Music
Choral Music and Conducting
Office location

Rogers Fine Arts 300

Office hours

by appointment

tomtrenney [at]
Tom Trenney

We each have music born within us that no one else has ever made and no one else ever could. It is a rich blessing and a deep privilege to be part of helping others to set that music free!


Composer, conductor, organist, preacher, and teacher Tom Trenney has been Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Nebraska Wesleyan University since 2019.  Tom also serves as Minister of Music to Lincoln's historic First-Plymouth Church and as Artistic Director of Abendmusik.  Tom’s choirs have been honored to perform for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and they have been award winners in the American Prize for choral ensembles.  He serves as Music in Worship Chair for Midwest ACDA.

Tom has been a featured performer at churches, colleges, and concert halls across the country including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Philadelphia’s Kauffman Center, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.  His choral compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, Beckenhorst Press, Choristers Guild, E.C. Schirmer/Galaxy, Morningstar, Musicspoke, Pavane, and G. Schirmer. 

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors – especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, Craig Hella Johnson, (Mister) Fred Rogers, William Weinert, Anne Wilson and Todd Wilson. 


B.M. Organ Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1999.

M.M. Choral Conducting, Eastman School of Music, 2002.

M.M. Organ Performance, Eastman School of Music, 2002.


Courses taught

Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir and Chamber Singers

Advanced Conducting

Research and academic interests

Singing as a Spiritual Expression

Formation of the Choral Community

Vocation of the Church Musician

Organ Improvisation

Service interests

Minister of Music, First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Foster Parent

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

American Guild of Organists

Nebraska Music Educators Association

American Choral Directors Association

Presbyterian Association of Musicians

Hymn Society of America