Thomas Madeja

Thomas Madeja is an experienced performer, director, producer, composer, and teaching artist.  After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Music degree from Baylor University, he began his career freelancing in Philadelphia where he was soon in high demand both as a trumpet player and teaching artist. 

In Philadelphia, he served on the music faculties of the Darlington Arts Center, the St. Francis de Sales School, and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program.  He performed regularly with Symphony in C, the Allentown Symphony, Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Agent Moosehead, the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, and more.  He also founded Nu Directions Chamber Brass, a genre-oblivious brass and percussion ensemble dedicated to breaking down the barriers of musical categories and performing new original music.  The ensemble has performed concerts and master classes throughout the United States for the past three years.

 In the fall of 2010, Madeja relocated to Chicago, where he became a teaching artist with the People’s Music School and the Beverly Arts Center.  He recently founded TJ Madeja Music, LLC to produce and promote new music opportunities for creative musicians. In May 2013, Madeja founded the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, an El Sistema inspired community orchestra program located on Chicago's West side.  He continues to teach his private trumpet studio, tour with Nu Directions Chamber Brass, and perform regularly with his trio as well as other local jazz groups, chamber orchestras, and symphony orchestras. 

Tom Madeja

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Composed and premiered a new work entitled Lost in Translation at the 7th Annual Chicago Calling Festival on October 5 for Nu Directions Chamber Brass!
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