Thomas G. Leonard holds the degrees Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Biola University and Master of Music in piano accompanying from California State University at Fullerton. He has studied organ with Richard Unfreid and Ladd Thomas, and piano with Dr. Mary Mark Zeyen, Dr. Neil Stannard, Dr. Russell Stepan, Jennie Wong and Susan Talevich.
Since 1974, Mr. Leonard has served as an accompanist at Fullerton College, playing for innumerable classes, concerts and recitals with students, faculty and the various choral organizations. His duties also include individual coaching sessions with vocal students, along with annual recording sessions and tours with the Concert Choir. Besides his accompanying responsibilities, he has taught piano, organ and Music Appreciation courses.
Over the years Tom has served as organist for Baptist, Brethren, Dutch Reformed, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in the Southern-California area, including four years as assistant to Richard Unfreid at the Garden Grove Community Church, now the Crystal Cathedral. From 1994 through the summer of 2005 Tom served as organist of the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego where he presided over the church’s 4-manual, 101-rank Casavant pipe organ. In July of 2005 Tom returned to the Crystal Cathedral serving as Associate Organist, where he is privileged to play the one of the largest pipe organs in the world, the 5-manual, 16,000+ pipe, nearly 300-rank Hazel Wright organ.