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
Mon March 30, 2015

Muslim Portrayals In The Media

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What role does the media play in shaping our perceptions of Islam and how is it shaping religious discourse? That's the question on our minds in March's edition of  Living Questions, our series in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. We’re producing this series in partnership with the Institute  for Christian and Jewish Studies. Maryland Morning will be partnering with ICJS at a public panel at the Park School on April 15th that takes up the same topic, Being Muslim in America: Why Media Matters. Today's guests are Rabia Chaudry and Wajahat Ali, who will be serving on the April 15th panel.

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney and a National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and  also the advocate whose phone call to This American Life producer Sarah Koenig sparked the podcast series Serial.  Wajahat Ali is a playwright, and the co-host and digital producer of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream. Both  Chaudry and Ali join host Tom Hall by phone.

What Are You Reading
3:02 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lynn Nottage

Tom talks with Lynn Nottage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, Ruined.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An Effort To Support Diversity In Arts Leadership

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Baltimore's Station North neighborhood was recently voted onto a list of the top 10 arts districts in the United States by CBS.  Despite this recognition, Baltimore's art scene still has some work to do. When you talk to the leaders of local arts organizations, large and small, they will all tell you that they wish that their audiences, their staffs, and their boards of directors were more diverse.  

Only one of Baltimore’s four major arts organizations, Center Stage, is headed by a person of African descent. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum are run by African Americans, but after those, you’ll have a difficult time finding organizations whose leadership, governance, and constituencies include significant participation by people of color. David Mitchell is out to change that. Under the auspices of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, he has founded the Urban Arts Leadership Program, which offers training and networking to young minority professionals so that they’re positioned to be the next generation of leaders in the arts sector. David Mitchell joins host Tom Hall in the studio, accompanied by Amanda Morrell. She is a recent graduate of the University of  Baltimore, and one of ten 2015 fellows in the Urban Arts Leadership Program.

In The Bromo
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Gary Lynch

Tom talks with Gary Lynch, who plays the role of Max Kellerman in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage at the Hippodrome May 12-24, 2015.


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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 25, 2015

The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe

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On this Maryland Day, we continue with a conversation about a new immersive theater piece that links two iconic Baltimore figures: Edgar Allan Poe and Enoch Pratt. Glenn Ricci won a Ruby Artist Award last year to develop a theater piece about Poe, which will take place in a house at the corner of Monument Street and Park Avenue, built by Enoch Pratt in 1846, just three years before Poe’s death. The show is called The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, and it’s being produced in cooperation with the Maryland Historical Society. Glenn Ricci joins Tom Hall this morning, along with Burt Kummerow, the Executive Director of the Historical Society.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Offers Youth Opportunities To Explore Workplace

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The Mayor has organized a summit tomorrow night at 6:00 pm at the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore. The Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant will host the gathering for people who want to mentor, and people who need a mentor. There’s also a page on the city’s website where you can signup to be a mentor.

The data on mentoring couldn’t be clearer. When kids have caring adults in their lives, their outcomes are uniformly better than kids who don’t. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake has been pairing mentors with young people for decades. And over the last 13 years, they’ve facilitated mentoring programs in the workplaces of several local companies. We talk this morning about how it works with Terry Hickey, the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, and Roger Waesche. He’s the President and CEO of Corporate Office Properties Trust, a company that has one of these site-based mentoring programs. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister in the community or at your workplace, email info@biglittle.org.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon March 23, 2015

New Government Dietary Guidelines OKs Eggs, Iffy on Red Meat

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About every five years, the government issues recommendations about what we should eat, based on the latest research. Last month, a group of 14 food, nutrition and medical experts on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee sent a report to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department, with advice that may find its way into the final guidelines that the Government will issue later this year.

Whatever those guidelines end up being, it seems likely that a lot of us will pay them little heed. Almost half of Americans, about 117 million of us, have preventable chronic diseases . And even more of us, about 155 million American adults are overweight or obese. We talk about what the Advisory Committee found and some of the reactions to their report with our very own resident expert, the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel. She’s a licensed nutritionist who blogs at Nutrition Over Easy, and whose weekly podcasts appear on Quickanddirtytips.com.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Baltimore Blast Kicks Off Championship Finals Tonight

The Blast in 2013
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The Baltimore Blast, our Major Arena Soccer League team, has been around in one form or another since 1980, and it has often been one of the most dominant teams in the league. They’re 21-2 this year. They’ve won seven championships. And, this weekend, they play for number eight.

They’ll face the Monterrey Flash, a team from Mexico, in the championship series which begins tonight at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. With Tom Hall by phone is the captain of the Blast, Pat Healey.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Bridge To Healing: Finding Strength To Cope With Illness

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Israela Meyerstein is a licensed clinical social worker and family therapist who has had a private therapy practice in Baltimore for almost 40 years.  She is the co-founder of the Baltimore Jewish Healing Network, and she’s written a book about the role that spirituality can play when individuals and families confront a serious medical challenge.  The book is called Bridge to Healing: Finding Strength to Cope with IllnessIsraela Meyerstein is herself a cancer survivor, and her book is, in part, a chronicle of her experience with her disease, as well as observations about the emotional component of being a patient. Today, she joins host Tom Hall in the studio to talk about her new book.

Maryland Morning
9:31 am
Mon March 16, 2015

"Frank: A Life In Politics From The Great Society To Same Sex Marriage"

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Former 

  Congressman Barney Frank represented the four congressional district in Massachusetts for 31 years until his retirement in 2012. He has just published a memoir titled Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage profiling his life behind the work he has done around issues like Wall Street reform and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". He joins host Tom Hall from Berkeley, California.

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