Thomas Joiner disliked listening to, or in any way engaging with music as a kid. However, at 13 he began composition lessons with Scott Ross-Molyneux who’s passionate teaching, and expansive knowledge revolutionized his outlook on music.
His primary instrument is trumpet. In addition, he has also studied piano, voice, violin, and drums.
His first experience having a work of his performed was in 2018 when a classmate of his played his Piece Piano Sonata No. 0. He has composed music for his school’s plays, in collaboration with a painter, a flute quartet for students at his school, and a piece for Calgary’s Timepoint Ensemble.
His newest piece Dawn, winner the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region’s Emerging Composers Competition, is about finding hope and happiness in the darkness of the pandemic.
Thomas Joiner is currently 17 years old, is in Grade Eleven, and attends Central Memorial High School in Calgary.