Tom Walsh is associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also serves as coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department. He served as Woodwind Department chair from 2003 to 2010.
An active performer of jazz and classical music, he has presented concerts and workshops in China, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, and across the United States. Premiere performances include Chris Rutkowski’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2008) and David Baker’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2004).
He is featured on two CDs released on the IUMusic label: Holiday Celebration (2011) and Sylvia McNair’s Romance (2012). His most recent solo CD release is Intersections (Arizona University Recordings, 2010), featuring Luke Gillespie on piano.
Earlier solo CDs include New Life (2002) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1998). Other CD releases include the David Baker Concerto with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Paul Freeman Introduces David Baker, Volume XII, Albany Recordings), Basically Baker with the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (GM Recordings), and Sky Scrapings: Saxophone Music of Don Freund (AUR Recordings).
His doctoral document, “A Performer’s Guide to the Saxophone Music of Bernhard Heiden,” is available free online via IUScholarWorks.
A Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren artist, he also teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
Walsh holds degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where his principal teachers were distinguished classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and renowned jazz educator David Baker.