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.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 8, 2015

The Life Of Track Star Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph at the finish line during 50-yard dash at track meet in Madison Square Garden, 1961.
Credit New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. - NYPL Digital

In the 1960s, African American track star Wilma Rudolph was known as the world’s fastest woman. She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics in 1960. Hers was an unlikely path to Olympic gold. She was born in rural Tennessee in 1940, an Olympic year, the 20th in a family of 22 children. At age 4, she contracted polio, which had no vaccine at the time. She was fitted with a brace, which she wore for several years. Actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will play the role of Wilma Rudolph in the Maryland Humanities Council’s 2015 Chautauqua Series. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Where To Celebrate This July 4th

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July 4th weekend is upon us – you may be planning a cook out or going to a cook out or thinking about a cook out. Well, we wanted to help you expand your options a bit. We’ve put together a few events happening on Saturday across Maryland. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Jess Row's Novel "Your Face In Mine" Explores Race, Gender, And Identity

Credit Riverhead Books

The discovery that former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal was born to white parents sparked a national conversation on the nature of racial identity. In October 2014, Tom Hall spoke with author Jess Row about his novel, "Your Face In Mine". Set in Baltimore, it tackles the issues of racial identity, white privilege, and the notion of starting your life over again as a completely new person. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 29, 2015

How Faith Is Shaping Sandtown-Winchester

Sandtown-Winchester
Credit Matt Purdy

At one time, there were more than 50 churches in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore. There are now more than 30, which still represents a high concentration of churches in the 72 square block area that Sandtown encompasses. What can and should these churches be doing in this neighborhood, which has long struggled with high unemployment, poverty, addiction, and crime? We explore that question with two pastors who are doing a lot. Pastor Amelia Harris is the co-pastor of the Newborn Community of Faith Church. She has lived and worked in Sandtown with her husband, Elder C. W. Harris, for more than 30 years. Dr. Louis Wilson is here in the studio as well. He came to Sandtown from Chicago in January, accepting the call to lead the New Song Community Church.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Simple Poems About Complex Topics

Credit Turning Point Books

In poet Sue Ellen Thompson's most recent collection of poems, They, she reflects on her relationship with her transgender child, and the ways in which that child’s identity animates and informs complex questions, and steadfast love.  Last December, way before Caitlin Jenner was in the news, Sue Ellen Thompson crossed the bridge from her home in Oxford to talk with Tom Hall about this powerful and provocative collection of poems.

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