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Dr. Tom O'Connor

Professor of Music


  • D.M.A., University of Memphis, Music Composition and Theory
  • M.S.E., Arkansas State University
  • B.M.E., Arkansas State University

Teaching Specialties

  • Music Theory
  • Orchestration
  • Composition

Research Interests

  • Composition for Various Media


Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1978, Dr. O'Connor taught public schools in Arkansas and Missouri serving as band director at high schools in Marked Tree (AR), East Prairie (MO) and West Plains (MO). He began work at ASU as Director of the Marching Indian Band and Director of Jazz Studies. In 1982 he was appointed Director of Bands. While in this position, his Symphonic Band performed for the Arkansas ASBOA Convention in Pine Bluff, as well as the College Band Directors National Association Regional Convention in Lawrence, Kansas. Under his direction, the ASU Jazz Band has twice performed for the ASBOA State Convention.

Dr. O'Connor is an active composer with numerous concert band publications available through Counterpoint Music Publishers and percussion ensembles available through Barnhouse Music Publishers. He writes several commissioned band pieces each year. In addition to the published works, he writes extensively for marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra and varied instrumental ensembles. Dr. O'Connor studied composition with Don Freund, John Baur, Claude T. Smith and Jared Spears.

Tom O'Connor

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8091
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 135