2014 National Finalist – The American Prize in Conducting Community Based Orchestras
As one of the top professional music directors in Central Texas , Dr. Thomas E. “Doc” Rainey, has provided the musical direction and vision for the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 2002. As a recognized leading educator, Dr. Rainey is well known for his development of individual musicians and for his ability to raise the performance level of various types of ensembles.
Receiving his Doctorate in Music from the University of Pittsburgh , Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University , and Masters of Music from the Dana School of Music, Dr. Rainey received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duquesne University for his contributions to innovative teaching strategies and pedagogy.
Dr. Rainey has also studied advanced conducting, music composition and analysis, plus jazz method courses at Connecticut , Morehead, and Eastman Schools of Music. He has studied with such prominent musicians as Bernard Goldberg, Eugene Rousseau, Walter Mayhall, Joseph Mariano, John Wummer, Danti DiThomas, John LaPorta, Jerry Coker, and Nathan Davis. Dr. Rainey is well versed in both the jazz and classical fields.
Doc has gained wide recognition in the areas of music education and performance. He has been actively involved in public school teaching, instructor of flute at the university level, master flute classes, symphony work, clinician, jazz improvisation courses, woodwind quintets, adjudicator, woodwind method courses, jazz bands, and private instruction.
Dr. Rainey has found time to write The Flute Manual; A Comprehensive Text for Both the Instructor and Student used in numerous colleges and universities across the country. He also has commissioned to write a comprehensive monograph The Head Start Head Joint, a dramatic innovation from W. T Armstrong Co. He is also working on several articles for various music magazines, plus, finishing a second book dealing with ‘Doubling for the Woodwind Player.’
Doc has focused on bringing amateur musicians together in a quality environment, to perform one of the greatest gifts to mankind … music. Dr. Rainey stated: “To see so many gifted musicians, who may be earning a living in other professions, have a chance to continue their musical involvement later in their life is truly rewarding. There is such joy written on the faces of our musicians in concert as we perform to large, enthusiastic audiences across the county. The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra provides this unique opportunity and I feel honored to work with such dedicated people and a fine organization.”