Tom Bailey began his organ lessons with Verta Blake and Ron Davis in Hopewell, VA. Later studies and a degree in organ performance were at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond with Lawrence Robinson and Ardyth Lohuis. Bailey then traveled to Vienna, Austria where he specialized in the music of J.S. Bach with organist and pedagogue Anton Heiller. His concerts in Europe included a performance on the Bruckner Organ in St. Florian Monastery, where he played the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, with Heiller himself conducting.
Returning to the United States, Mr. Bailey has enjoyed a 40 year career as a church musician including Centenary United Methodist in Richmond, St. Anne’s Episcopal in Reston, Christ Church in Oyster Bay, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and St. Peter’s by the Sea in Bay Shore, Long Island. He has inaugurated Bach festivals and concert series in several cities. He was responsible for the installation of a mechanical action organ by Hellmuth Wolff in Oyster Bay, Long Island. He currently serves as Music Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Brook Hill, in Richmond. In 1993 he received an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and is class steward. In the late 1970s Bailey was founder and music director of the Opera Alliance of Richmond, and conducted works with orchestra including Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Mozart’s Die Entfürung aus dem Serail.
Bailey’s work through the American Guild of Organists has been as Coordinator of Examinations and Competitions at AGO Headquarters in Manhattan, Dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter, Member at Large of the Suffolk County, NY Chapter, and Sub Dean of the Richmond Chapter.