Tom Voegeli

Meet Tom

Tom Voegeli is one of the leading audio producers in the US. Mr. Voegeli’s work has received two Grammy Awards, four Grammy nominations, four Peabody Awards, and a Prix Italia. As a writer and producer for From the Top, the weekly NPR series showcasing America’s best young (pre-college) classical musicians, Mr. Voegeli has helped the show become the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio. Beyond his work with From the Top, he has produced The MTT Files with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, American Mavericks, and Schickele Mix with Peter Schickele. In addition, he created the long-running radio programs The Splendid Table and Saint Paul Sunday, for which he won a Peabody Award in 1996.

Select Notable Projects

  • Writer and Producer, American Mavericks, a 13-part radio series for American Public Media that presented the biographies, music, and ideas of some of the 20th century American composers who broke with European traditions to create music based more on pure sound – sound from the East, from invented instruments, from machines, from electronics, from the world around us – as well as from conventional instruments used in unconventional ways.  Dozens of new interviews with the most important figures in contemporary American concert music were featured. The host was pop icon, Suzanne Vega.
  • Producer, Return of the Jedi, a fully dramatized, six-part audio adaptation of the film. Produced as an NPR special and a commercial CD release, it won a 1997 Audie Award. Mr. Voegeli also realized the radio adaptations of the two earlier Star Wars films, and has also produced Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Crimson Empire and Lucasfilm’s Alien Chronicles for audio release.

  • Producer, Schickele Mix, the weekly Public Radio International series starring Peter Schickele (the “discoverer” of P. D. Q. Bach), which uses music of all kinds – and humor – to demonstrate musical ideas which transcend cultural boundaries. Winner of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Gold Award and ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award.
     
  • Creator of the public radio series Saint Paul Sunday (winner of a 1996 Peabody Award) and High Performance Hosted by Andre Previn, and Executive Producer of many Minnesota Public Radio music, variety, and news programs, where he was Vice President of National Programming for many years. He was also Executive in Charge of Production of television versions of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion for PBS and the Disney Channel.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA and MA, Arts Administration