Thomas Jamerson

Baritone - Voice Teacher

2001- Present Voice Teacher - Music Conservatory of Westchester
1984 - 2008 American Guild of Musical Artists,  AFL-CIO
1969 - 1984 Principal Artist - New York City Opera with additional performances in opera companies throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, and Israel
Education Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music with Major in vocal performance, Louisiana State University

I have been teaching voice at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains since 2001.  Throughout my career, since 1969, I have taught voice privately.  While teaching has only been a part of my career since 1969, I now spend most of my time teaching and singing.

In 2008, I retired from the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), a national labor union representing performing artists in the field of Opera, Dance, and Classical Concert.  I processed all of the federally required Immigration and Naturalization Service consultations through AGMA for foreign artists or groups requiring a temporary visa to perform in the United States.  I also was liaison for AGMA to the retirement and health funds, I maintained the archives of all original contracts at AGMA, and I administered AGMA's website.

I previously held the title of Assistant to the National Executive Secretary of AGMA, where my responsibilities included the negotiation and administration of the collective bargaining agreements for the opera companies nationwide.  A great deal of my time was spent enforcing the contracts on behalf of members through contacts with Directors and Administrators of opera companies nationally.  I have pursued grievances on behalf of many Artists, some quite well known, which required the utmost confidentially.

One of my goals when I took the job at AGMA was to create a health plan for principal artists, who, by virtue of their employment patterns, were not able to qualify for health coverage in AGMA's original health plan structure.  I was able to initiate a flexible reimbursement plan for these artists, AGMA Health Plan B.

As part of my duties with AGMA, I served as the Treasurer of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (Four A's) and the Treasurer of the Theater Authority.  For many years I was on the Board of the Department of Professional Employees (DPE), a department of the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC, where I served on the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Committee.

For seventeen years prior to my appointment at AGMA, I sang leading roles with many opera companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and South America.  My main career was with the New York City Opera, but I also performed with the Baltimore Opera, Central City Opera, Metropolitan Opera National Company, Miami Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Tulsa Opera, and others.  As the baritone soloist at Grace Episcopal Church of White Plains, New York, I have performed several concerts and small operas in the area.