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Dr. Thomas Markus Manhart

Adjunct Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Southeast Asian Music),
National University of Singapore

Master of Arts (Music Education, Psychology, Theology),
Universität Passau, Germany

LAss - State's Exam for Teachers (Music, Theology, German & English Language),
Universität Passau, Germany

Biography

Dr. Thomas Markus Manhart studied Opera, Oratorio and Lied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Vienna with Hanno Blaschke and Helena Laszarska. His interest for early liturgical music led him to monasteries in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain for courses in Renaissance and Baroque singing and Gregorian Chant.

After his change from bass to countertenor, Thomas increased his concert activity and concentrated additionally on vocal therapy and education as well as ethnomusicology. He obtained a Teacher's Diploma for Music, Religious Sciences and German Language. He also obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Music (Vocal) Education, Psychology and Theology from Passau University, Germany, where his thesis was on West Javanese Pop Music. In addition, he obtained his PhD in Southeast Asian Music from the National University of Singapore, where he wrote a thesis on "The Interculturation of Catholic Mission and Nias Traditional Music".

Thomas’ performances include solo parts as bass and later alto, in numerous sacred music concerts such as Händel's Messiah (bass), Charpentier´s Te Deum, Buxtehude´s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Vivaldi's Magnificat. He sang Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne in Germany and Purcell's Fairy Queen under Charles Brett in Spain. As a recitalist, he performs both medieval chants and German contemporary songs, venturing into the extreme ends of music history.

Thomas' appearances as a Gamelan player include the opening of the Esplanade and regular performances at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the NUS Singha Nglaras Gamelan Group and the NAFA Gamelan Ensemble, which he has been directing for 8 years.

Thomas is the co-founder and President of the Chamber Opera Society "operastudio", as well as the Director of Artyfakt Singshui Voice Studio and Center for World Music, Singapore. He has been a part-time lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the National University of Singapore since 2004, and a full-time music faculty member at School of the Arts Singapore since 2013.