Thomas Albert (Music Director/Producing Artistic Director) This summer’s production of West Side Story marks Tom’s sixty-eighth time on the podium as music director since SSMT’s first season in 1984. Most recently, he conducted Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Disney’s Mary Poppins, The King and I, Chicago, and Les Misérables. He retired from the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016 after forty-two years of teaching. During that time he music-directed more than 70 productions, including City of Angels, She Loves Me, Marat/Sade, 2014’s collegiate premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, The Secret Garden, All Shook Up, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, The Who’s Tommy, and Assassins. He was music supervisor for the Conservatory’s spring 2018 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. In addition to conducting musicals, he has also composed or arranged incidental music for several plays, including The Elephant Man, The Crucible, The Diviners, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Metamorphoses, and Peer Gynt, and for the Short North Stage (Columbus OH) June 2017 production of Angels in America, Parts One and Two. Tom is also producing artistic director of Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, succeeding founding artistic director Harold Herman in 2015.