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Meet Shane Thomas, Jr, the 2013 - 2014 Westminster Choir Blogger

Name: Shane Thomas, Jr. 
Hometown: DeLand, Florida
Major: Choral Conducting
Teacher: Joe Miller, conducting; Eric Rieger, voice
Voice part: Tenor
Class Year: 2014

Professional plans after graduation: Teach choral music at a high school.

Composers I admire: Thomas Tallis, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Benjamin Britten, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, John Tavener, Gustav Mahler and Samuel Barber.

Why Westminster: I wanted a place where my musical essence could grow beyond compare. This was the only place in the world (that I knew of) that could accomplish this. 

Life outside of class: I’m an avid writer, poet, reader and amateur photographer.

What's on my iPod:
Music by Tomas Luis de Victoria, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, G. F. Handel, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Richard Wagner, Giacomo Puccini, Anton Bruckner, Jules Massenet, Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Gustav Holst, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, and a whole slew of other great composers. I also have the occasional guilty pleasure pop songs of today.  

Favorite apps: Instagram, Argus, Songza, Shazam, TurboScan and iTalk.

Favorite food: My comfort food is chicken parmesan on a nice helping of spaghetti.

Last book read: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

If you were trapped on a desert island, who/what would you like to have with you? 
An iPod, headphones, a bag of cherries and all seven Harry Potter books.