Robert L. Edwards, Conductor, Consultant, Photographer

Thomas Yanok “Being There”

Thomas Yanok age 18
Thomas A. (Thom) Yanok was a gifted musician who hailed from South Harpswell, Maine. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia. Later, in Boston, he taught voice and piano and continued to compose, largely for both of those instruments. He was a well-known tenor soloist, singing in many churches in the Boston area as well as with the Handel-Haydn Society. On February 23, 2005, at age 49, this gentle soul passed peacefully.

Thomas Yanok “Being There”
 - Live Performance
Members of the Temple University Concert Choir
Robert L. Edwards
- 1973

“I first encountered this captivating contemporary madrigal while on tour on the rugged shores of Maine with the Temple University Concert Choir, Robert Page, Conductor. Thom and three of his high-school friends from the little town of South Harpswell sang this work, which he had written for them, as a welcome to us. When Thom attended Temple University as a freshman in 1973, I asked his permission to perform this serene, very personal piece, and he graciously granted it.”

** Rest in peace, Thom. **

In order to provide permanent documentation of the important sociological and musical contributions of the Greater Hazleton Oratorio Society, Singers’ Guild of Scranton and Sinfonia da Camera to the lives of residents in Northeastern Pennsylvania, some of the 1977-1986 live performance analog recordings of these community groups were rescued, restored, and converted to a digital format. Those restorations and the performance excerpts that appear on this website are intended as historical documents not as an entertainment product. The copying or dissemination of these excerpts is strictly prohibited.

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