Thomas Carsecka (M.M.) is the Director of City Music Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. As a Duquesne University alumnus, he has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience with the exceptional staff, faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities at the Mary Pappert School of Music. Prior to accepting his role at City Music Center, Thomas was the front-of-house audio engineer for the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild (MCG Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA). He assisted Grammy Award-winning engineer Jay Dudt recording legendary artists such as Nancy Wilson, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, John Faddis, David Sanborn and more. In addition, Thomas currently maintains his affiliation with Dudt’s award-winning studio Audible Images where he has worked with hundreds of artists ranging from local talent to chart-toppers including Dave Matthews.
While earning his Master’s degree in Electronic Music Composition from the Mary Pappert School of Music he had served in the department of music technology as Graduate Assistant to professors Lynn Emberg Purse and Bill Purse. In preparation for his graduate thesis he assembled a series of original compositions that feature the infusion of cutting-edge music technologies. His intention was to demonstrate the power and potential of these technologies in his creative processes, rehearsal techniques, and in the live performances of these compositions. With the collective use of multimedia software such as Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Omnisphere, Arkaoss, Max, Adobe Premier, Screen Flow, Logic, Mainstage, and Finale Thomas is able to compose more efficiently and communicate these intentions to patrons and performers more clearly. He incorporates these technologies in his music as a contribution toward the exploration of sound, the evolution of music performance, and the elevation of the human spirit.
As an undergraduate Music Technology major of Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, Thomas acquired academic experience in a variety of fields including sound recording, multimedia production, music theory, composition, and vocal performance (solo & ensemble). He studied audio/acoustic principles and recording techniques with Francisco Rodriguez and Tom Kikta. As an advanced student he had extensive hands-on study in both the studio labs at the School of Music and mastering studios at Digital Dynamics Audio Inc. He also assisted with numerous on-site recording sessions of university ensembles and student recitals in addition to generating his own recording projects. In the Music Technology program multimedia production was introduced as a key area of study. Under the direction of professors Lynn and Bill Purse he learned to generate MIDI sequences using software such as Digital Performer, he created a range of printed music from full orchestral scores and parts to avant-garde notation in Finale, as well as video production and graphic design (for web & print) with Adobe software. As a 4-year composition student of Dr. David Stock, Thomas studied orchestration, arranging, music theory, songwriting techniques, 12 tone & atonal composition. For his senior composition recital he had the honor of conducting the D.U. Contemporary Ensemble and the D.U. Chamber Singers in the premier performance of his feature composition, “Traith nan Eilean”. A piece that included more than 60 Duquesne players and singers, and combined the richness of a 40-voice choir with rock-drums, string orchestra, didjeridoo, and hollow Celtic woodwinds.
While taking on a degree in Music Technology, Thomas performed as a vocalist in various university ensembles and studied vocal performance with Guenko Guechev. He also had the privilege of travelling throughout the United States and Europe with Dr. Brady Allred as a member of the Duquesne University Chamber Singers. Although heavily involved as a vocalist he remained dedicated to achieving a degree in music technology. In 2004, Mr. Carsecka graduated with honors from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music and awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Music. Since that time he has established himself professionally as an educator, administrator, songwriter, recording artist, producer, performer, and audio engineer.