Thomas Octave, conductor
Thomas Octave is associate professor of music at Saint Vincent College. He has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. As a conductor, he is frequently seen presenting a multitude of varied genres of music including operas and musicals. He has collaborated with jazz legend Joe Negri in performances of “Mass of Hope,” The River City Brass Band, Highmark’s “The Caring Place” and renowned choreographer Maria Caruso. A champion of new music, Octave has premiered several major works by composer Nancy Galbraith, including her “O Magnum Mysterium,” “God of Justice,” “Novena” and “Lumen Christi.” He conducts the Saint Vincent College Singers and teaches courses in voice, music appreciation and opera. He is also the musical consultant to the archabbot. He is the music director of the Westmoreland Choral Society and the director of sacred music for the Diocese of Greensburg.
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As a new contemporary Christian artist Mark Schultz sold more than a million albums. In the past two decades he has created ten more albums and had more ethan ten top singles. Schultz has landed the top spot on Billboard’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on 48 Hours, CNN and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In 2011, he released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, Letters From War, based on his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.
When he was about eight years old, Schultz began to teach himself piano by ear. He sang in musicals and with his friends in a band and was also very involved in athletics. Graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing from Kansas State University, he drove to Nashville to try to make it in the music industry. He began writing songs for the youth at First Presbyterian Church and their families. He wrote personal songs of people’s struggles as well as songs for certain church events. The members of the church and specifically the mothers of the youth group helped Schultz organize a concert at the Ryman auditorium, which garnered a record deal for him.
Other albums include Song Cinema, Stories & Songs, Broken & Beautiful, Come Alive, Renaissance, All Things Possible, Hymns, Before You Call Me Home, Follow and Christmas. Top singles include “He’s My Son,” “I Am The Way,” “Back In His Arms Again,” “You Are A Child of Mine,” “I Am,” and “I Gave Up.”
As an adopted child, he has been a spokesperson for Bethany Christian Services, World Vision, Compassion, Food For the Hungry, The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and many others. In 2011, Schultz and his wife started the Remember Me Mission, which is a non-profit dedicated to helping orphans all over the world. Proceeds from Schultz’s music and other creative projects go toward healthcare and education for orphans at home and abroad.