Thomas Fairlie is the founding Musical Director/Conductor of the Temple Symphony Orchestra and has led the orchestra since it’s inception. He was instrumental in developing the board of directors in 1994 and continues to assist the board in long-range planning, fundraising, public relations and artistic development. With his and the TSO board’s encouragement and assistance, classical music lovers from Georgetown, Texas founded the Georgetown Symphony Society in 1999 with the Temple Symphony season as its base. Under his direction the orchestra has expanded its concert offerings to Georgetown, Cameron, Copperas Cove and Ft. Hood, Texas.
Mr. Fairlie was the co-founder and musical director of the Larimer Youth Festival Orchestra in Ft. Collins, Colorado (now the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies) and was the musical director and conductor of that organization for five seasons. Mr. Fairlie has also guest conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies and conducted the Louisiana All-State Orchestra in November 2007. He has guest conducted professional orchestras in Ft. Collins, Colorado and four separate concerts with the Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana. He founded the Temple Jazz Orchestra in 1990 and the Temple Jazz Festival in 1991.
Mr Fairlie is also the Director of the Division of Fine Arts at Temple College where he has been employed since 1990. Mr. Fairlie won NISOD Excellence Awards in 2012 and 2013 and he received Temple College’s Clausia and W.T. Barnhart Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.
Mr. Fairlie and his wife Mary, who is the Temple College Director of Orchestral Activities, have resided together in Temple since 1990.