Tom Trenney

Contact Information

Tom Trenney
Assistant Professor Music
Choral Music and Conducting
Office location

Rogers Fine Arts 300

Office hours

by appointment

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!


Tom Trenney is Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director at Nebraska Wesleyan University.   He is now in his 12th season as Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE, and as Artistic Director of the Abendmusik Concert Series.  He is also founding Artistic Director of sounding light-- a professional chamber choir now in its 18th season.  Tom has previously served as Interim Choral Professor at Doane University, Oakland University, and Wartburg College.   His ensembles have sung for regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and his choral music is published by Augsburg-Fortress, Beckenhorst, Choristers Guild, Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer, MorningStar, MusicSpoke, and Pavane.  Tom is grateful for his teachers and mentors, including Anton Armstrong, Craig Hella Johnson, David Davidson, Anne Wilson, Todd Wilson, William Weinert, and Mister Rogers.


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