Adopted Composer of the Year




Tom Gerou


Adopted Composer 2017 – 2018

 Studio of Linda Kennedy, Maumelle, AR



Tom Gerou



Tom Gerou

With over 150 active publications, Tom Gerou is known for the wide variety of his output. His work ranges from the unique library of original piano compositions and arrangements to the popular Essential Dictionary of Music Notation and Essential Dictionary of Orchestration. His arrangements in the Movie Heroes for Students series and Play Praise series have become staples in piano teachers’ libraries. His work in Premier Piano Course includes Great Music and Musicians and Duets. He is also an author for Alfred's Basic Piano Library Popular Hits, Praise Hits, Top Hits, Greatest Hits, and Patriotic Solos series. Mr. Gerou is currently Editor in Chief, Piano Strategy at Alfred Music.


After studying music in his native North Dakota, Tom graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where he received a music degree in composition. He continued his education as a Charles Ditson Scholar at Yale University, receiving his masters of music degree in composition. 


Recent commissions include works for North Dakota Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association Collaborative Commissioning Project. Awards include two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for best original theatrical music, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, two Rena Greenwald Awards, and a Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize. Mr. Gerou has presented workshops throughout Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Thailand. He has worked extensively in the dance and theater fields, both as a pianist and composer.



Adopted Composers and Commissioned Pieces (1998 - 2016):

  • Timothy Brown - "Toccatina"
  • Glenda Austin - "Sizzlin' Salsa" - a set of 8 Latin style pieces
  • Kevin Olson - "Four Arkansas Travelers" - a quartet for 8 hands at 2 pianos
  • Martha Mier - "Arkansas Suite" - including "Sugarloaf Mountain", "Little Rock Ragtime", "Red River Flows Gently", and a Finale, "Maumelle Celebration"
  • Phillip Keveren - "Urban Heartbeat"
  • Catherine Rollin - "Carnival for Two" - piano duet
  • Dennis Alexander - "Prelude and Toccata"
  • Robert Vandall - "Flying Fingers"
  • Alexander Peskanov - "Little Rock Suite" - a set of 12 trios (6 hands at one piano) on Arkansas related themes
  • Melody Bober - "Rhapsody Brillante"
  • Kevin Costley - "A Walk Through Time Suite" including "Thoughts of Yesterday", "Thoughts of Today", and "Thoughts of Tomorrow"
  • Jennifer Linn - "By the Waterfall" in the collection, "Reflections"
  • Eric Baumgartner - "Little Rock (and Roll!)"
  • Carol Klose - "A River's Tale" (Arabesque)
  • Christopher Goldston - "New World Sonatina" :  1. "A New Day"  2. "Deep Waters"  3. "Celebration: Maumelle Jig"
  • W. T. Skye Garcia - "Evensong"
  • Wynn-Anne Rossi - "Spirit of the Mountain Stream"
  • Mike Springer - "Ozarks Sonatina": 1. "The Hammered Dulcimer"  2. "Tranquil Forest"  3. "Hot Springs"
  • Eugenie Ricau Rocherolle - "Festival Sonatina": 1.  "Cheerfully" 2. "Leisurely"  3. "Sprightly"