Thomas Hohstadt

Senior Lecturer
Department of Arts
Music Program

Music Program

Department of Arts


Dr. Thomas Hohstadt is an international symphony conductor, author, lecturer, recording artist, composer, and soloist.

A Fulbright scholar, he has earned four advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Vienna Akademie für Musik. In addition, he received the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and advanced study from the renowned maestro, Pierre Monteux, at the Domaine School of Conductors.

A twenty-eight-year conducting career includes positions with the Eastman School of Music; the Honolulu, Amarillo, and Midland-Odessa Symphonies; and guest appearances in eight nations.

With the Midland-Odessa Symphony, he recorded Music of the Symphonic Southwest and The Permian Symphony, distributed by Allegro Imports. And, under the Citadel Records label, he recorded Adventures in Hollywood. Hohstadt also conducted broadcasts over 194 radio stations as part of the Parkway Production's America in Concert Series. Recordings of these concerts are now part of the Library of Congress.

Previous to his conducting career, Hohstadt was a well-known trumpet artist. By the age of 15, he had performed as a soloist in seventy-eight major American cities. Later, he became first trumpet in Eastman's first "Wind Ensemble," the historic beginning of a nationwide movement that continues even today. He also performed in the Rochester Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony. And, while serving in the United States Army Band, he performed at the White House and other important government and military events.

A pioneer in the field of virtual reality, Hohstadt has shifted the focus from VR as a technology to VR as a language and art form. He was the first to add virtual reality to the curriculum of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He received the “Award of Merit” from The Society for New Communications Research for his co-authorship of Voices of the Virtual World. Recently, he co-authored “The Age of Virtual Reality” for The American Communication Journal.

Hohstadt has also been recognized for his achievements in the humanities. He participated in the founding of the Texas Committee for the Humanities, directed their seminars, and consulted and reviewed grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is cited by leading researchers, such as Veative, a “global provider of education technology and learning simulations for schools and industries,” and Haptical, a ”leading news and information source on Virtual and Augmented Reality,” which listed his Age of Virtual Reality as one of the top 20 books that will “expand your mind.”

He was also the first to add the History of Film Music to the curriculum of UTPB and received a grant to develop the present online version. In addition to the history of film music, the course pioneers a breakthrough understanding of the role of emotions, feelings, and senses, the questions of reality and illusion, the ethics of illusion, and the trends toward the future.

Hohstadt has long held an interest in film music. He recorded the sound tracks for Bruce Broughton's Silverado and several film scores by the famous Hollywood composer, Dimitri Tiomkin. And his recording of "Adventures in Hollywood" under the Citadel label has been widely received.

He was a contributor to Cue Sheet, the Film Music Society's Quarterly Journal. And his research into the Ancient Hebrew word, damah, became the basis for naming the Damah Film Festival. He is the first to see the close relationship between the art of virtual reality and the future of film and film music. Both of his recent books, The Age of Virtual Reality and Film Music: A Journey of Felt Meaning, are available at major book stores. They are now available in Spanish, as well. These two books caught the attention of VRVienna, "an international group of professionals working in VR-related projects." The organization held a conference for film producers during the 2016 spring and asked Dr. Hohstadt to serve as their main TED talk speaker.

Presently, he is a Senior Lecturer at UTPB.

Last Updated: 01/17/2020