Thomas Flynn, a Junior at North Hunterdon High School, Performs at Carnegie Hall for His Second Time

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1) Thomas Flynn performs at Carnegie HallWeill Recital Hall for his second time

As a result of placing in the Piano Teachers Congress of New York’s Honors Program Competition in April of 2017, Thomas Flynn, a junior at North Hunterdon High School, was honored to have the chance to perform at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall this May. Tom’s competition performance of Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord” by C. Ives, The Alcotts earned him both the Third Prize: Past Presidents’ Awards and the Regina Rubinoff 20th & 21st Century American Composer Awards. This was Tom’s second performance Carnegie Hall. At the TYMAs 12th Annual Russian Music (Festival) Competition in November of 2015, Thomas took home first prize and, as a result, in recognition of his achievement, Tom performed at Carnegie Hall on December of 2015.

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Tom began playing piano in August of 2013. Under the tutelage of teachers Walter Aparicio and also Angy Estrada at the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in Flemington, Tom’s dedication to piano and many hours spent practicing has paid off. In 2016, Tom was selected for two Piano Master Classes in NYC – the first with famous Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov and the second with renowned Pianist Barbara Nissman. In 2016, Tom performed in NYC’s “Summer on the Hudson: 10th Annual Make Music New York Presents: ‘Glass on Water’ Musical Performance with Renowned Composer Philip Glass in attendance and also earned a Certificate of Excellence in The Piano Teachers Congress of New York Incentive Program Encore Recital. Locally, Tom won Second Place in the High School Division of Flemington United Methodist Church’s Music Showcase. Earlier this year Tom earned a Finalist spot for the Claudette Sorel Piano Competition at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY and was asked to prepare a program of 15 minutes demonstrating an artistic vision, thematic connection between works or an original way of presenting the music.

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One of the top STEM students in the State of New Jersey to be selected as a Governor’s School Scholar for the 31st New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University this coming summer, Tom is looking forward to delving into the subjects of physics and also neuroscience while getting to know other students from the State of NJ who are equally passionate about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. And, in answer to one of the most frequently asked questions for the Governor’s School – a piano is available for all of the students to enjoy playing during their down-time.

In college, which he will enter in the Fall of 2018, Tom hopes to major in Physics and/or Neuroscience, and minor in Music. Tom is the son of Julie and Michael Flynn of Hunterdon County.

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