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 Hildreth, Tom   Name:  Tom Hildreth 
Title:  Adjunct Professor of Music & Director of Orchestras 
D.M.A., Performance, University of Georgia
M.M., Jazz Studies, University of South Carolina
M.A.T., Winthrop University
B.A., Music, Winthrop University
Office:  224 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803/323-2572 
Orchestra, Music Theory, Applied Double Bass and Electric Bass, Jazz, Music Education

Tom Hildreth is a bassist (double bass and electric bass) who is comfortable playing in a wide variety of styles.  He has performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Marvin Stamm, Chris Potter, Bob Sheppard, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, Tommy Newsome, Bill Mays, Ross Tompkins, Buddy Morrow, Gene Bertoncini, Mundell Lowe, Bernard Purdie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Other artists he has appeared with include Earth Wind and Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Sam Moore, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Roger Williams, Don Rickles, Sandy Patti, Phil Driscoll, Phil Keaggy, Sandy Duncan, Bobby Vinton, Christine Ebersole, James Maddalena, Jennifer Holliday, Jodi Benson, and Tony Trischka.

As a pit orchestra musician he has played in nearly 3 dozen different national touring productions of Broadway musicals, backing performers like Jerry Lewis, Theodore Bickel, Rachel York, Molly Ringwald, Sandy Duncan, John O’Hurley, Gregory Harrison, Sally Struthers, Alan Ruck, Cathy Rigby, and Mackenzie Phillips.

His orchestral experience includes appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Asheville Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Augusta Virtuosi.

He has recorded albums with the Noel Friedline Quintet, Loonis McGlohon, John Valerio, Janiece Jaffe, the Vince Lewis Trio, Susan Sherlock, Maddy Winer, and the Jim Stack Quartet.  He has also appeared on TV and movie soundtracks featuring actors Harrison Ford, Vincent D’Onofrio and Val Kilmer.

His duties at Winthrop include directing the orchestras, teaching music theory, string methods and applied bass.  He is also Chair of the Applied Strings Committee.

Tom holds music degrees from the University of Georgia (DMA-Double Bass Performance), the University of South Carolina (MM-Jazz Studies), and Winthrop College (BA-Music and MAT-Music).
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