Tom Hall

Culture Editor - Maryland Morning and Host, Choral Arts Classics

Tom Hall is the Arts & Culture Editor for Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast and the host of Choral Arts Classics on WYPR.  On the final Tuesday of each month, September-April at 9:00 pm from he hosts Choral Arts Classics, a monthly program featuring recordings of concerts by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and many special guests.

Tom has been a dynamic force in Maryland's creative community for 32 years as a performer, broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and educator. Tom was named "Best Radio Personality" by the City Paper in 2009, and in 2006, he was named "Best New Journalist" by Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for his television broadcast of Christmas with Choral Arts on WMAR Television.  As the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, he has collaborated with many of Maryland's leading arts organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, Pro Musica Rara, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  He appears regularly as a guest conductor throughout the U.S and in Europe, and he is invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations in Maryland and throughout the United States.

Tom has published articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style Magazine, and many professional journals; he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, and he has lectured and taught courses at the Peabody Conservatory, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, and Morgan State University. He is a former board member and former chair of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Tom lives in Baltimore with his wife, Linell Smith.


Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Lea Gilmore, At The Intersection Of Music And Activism

Lea Gilmore will perform at Creative Alliance at The Patterson.
Credit Creative Alliance


Lea Gilmore is an internationally acclaimed blues, jazz and gospel singer who calls Baltimore home. However, a lot of her musical activity takes place in Europe and around the world. Tonight, you’ve got a chance to hear Lea in concert right here in Charm City. She’s presenting her Big Fat Blues Cabaret at the Creative Alliance at 8:00. Her latest CD is called Classically Blue: Lea Gilmore Live at the Eubie Blake Center, and she is continuing her long history of activism by organizing community sings around town, in response to the riots and the Baltimore uprising. She talks with Tom Hall.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Rousuck Review: "Pippin" At The Hippodrome

J. Wynn Rousuck talks with Tom about the Tony-award winning musical Pippin, now at the Hippodrome through June 28th.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Burt Kummerow, Head Of The Maryland Historical Society, Stepping Down

Burt Kummerow
Credit Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society

For the past five years, Burt Kummerow has served as the President and CEO of the Maryland Historical Society. Next Wednesday, he will hand over the reins of the museum to Mark Letzer, and he will take on a new role of advising the Historical Society on special projects. Burt Kummerow’s tenure as President of the Society included important anniversaries of both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and their programs and exhibitions around those two events greatly expanded the public profile of the museum. He joins Tom in the studio.

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Maryland Morning
8:52 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Doreen Bolger's 17 Years As Director Of The Baltimore Museum Of Art

Credit Chris Tengi // Flickr Creative Commons

Doreen Bolger has been the Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art for the past 17 years. She will retire from that position at the end of this month. Doreen’s impact on the cultural life of our community cannot be understated. She has been a forceful and effective advocate not only for the BMA, but for countless individual artists, and arts organizations large and small. Tomorrow night, folks are invited to gather at the museum to wish Doreen well as she ends her tenure at the BMA. This morning, she has been nice enough to invite Tom to her home in Charles Village, just a few blocks away from the museum.

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In The Bromo
1:00 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Adrienne Barbeau

Credit Getty Images

Tom talks with Adrienne Barbeau from the touring production of Pippin at the Hippodrome.

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