Thomas Gaynor hails from Wellington, New Zealand. Currently studying organ under David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and having won various international competitions such as 2017 St Albans International Organ Competition and Third International Bach-Liszt competition in Germany and Sydney.
He holds an Artist’s Certificate from his school – the highest recognition an organist can achieve there.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Gaynor is an internationally acclaimed organist performing at SPC Music Center’s Heissler organ and has quickly made a mark in classical music circles worldwide. Winning multiple competitions like Erfurt/Weimar International Bach-Liszt Organ Competition, Sydney International Organ Competition and Fort Wayne National Organ Playing competition has cemented him firmly into classical scene.
Gaynor’s debut album from his new project Allday, Genres Schmegens, showcases him more like a pop punk frontman than an organist. From its bittersweet guitar melodies on “Cup of Tea in the Bath” to its polished electronics-laced belters like ‘Stolen Cars”, Allday marks a refreshing departure from Gaynor’s earlier hip hop recordings.
Gaynor returned to Melbourne armed only with his excessive confidence and manic drive. He would work call centre shifts, flip burgers in between shifts and use the money from these jobs to fund studio sessions.
Thomas Gaynor represents international companies, private equity funds and investment banks in complex corporate and finance transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, venture and private debt financings, LLC formation and domestic/offshore investment fund establishment.
Gaynor hails from Wellington, New Zealand and earned his undergraduate degree while holding organ scholarships at Wellington Anglican Cathedral and St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. Now studying with David Higgs at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music under Performer Certificate Holder David Higgs; having already achieved both Master’s degrees he is working toward earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts.
He works primarily with institutional clients as well as certain high net worth relationships, traveling regularly to support the firm’s national platform business. Prior work experience includes positions at Northern Trust (Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager) and Waddell & Reed (Research Analyst).
Achievement and Honors
Tom Gaynor graduated from automotive tech school and soon after moved with his friend to Denver, Colorado where they gained their first taste of drag racing. Together with their wife they raised two sons while operating several successful auto repair shops.
Gaynor made significant contributions to both research engineering and standards committees at NRMCA during his time there, including developing technical publications, providing advice for research initiatives, and leading transition efforts towards performance specifications for concrete.
Gaynor remains active both as a performer and recording musician outside his work with NRMCA, having released Soft Grunge Love Rap as well as performing on Troye Sivan’s widely praised album Blue Neighbourhood. Additionally, he will perform at Groovin’ The Moo and Splendour In The Grass events in Australia this summer.
Thomas Gaynor serves as organist and music director at Saint Mark’s. Under his leadership, volunteer base for Saint Mark’s Vesper Choir has doubled and an extensive chorister program has been established. Thomas collaborates closely with pastor to oversee all aspects of Saint Mark’s active music program.
His optimistic yet realistic outlook has kept him resilient in times of great pressure, leading him to score three top 10 Allday albums (2014’s “Startup Cult”, 2017’s “Speeding”, and 2019’s ‘Starry Night Over the Phone”) while maintaining an aesthetic that blends romantic fantasy with pop culture references.
Aspiring organist Adam Copeland has already accomplished some outstanding goals: winning both the St Albans International Organ Competition and Third International Bach-Liszt Competition held in Germany. Now, he can add another one: performing on the world’s largest pipe organ.
Thomas Gaynor has an estimated net worth of approximately $17 Million and is best known as the lead vocalist of Matchbox Twenty. An American citizen, Thomas is passionate about music; his songs deliver strong messages about family and community life. Furthermore, Thomas has made numerous charitable donations during his life time.
Tom brings an impressive repertoire of international corporate and finance experience. He regularly manages mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, recapitalizations, corporate governance issues, venture capital debt financings, equity financings and domestic/offshore investment fund creation processes.
As a Portfolio Manager, he collaborates closely with high net worth individuals and select institutional relationships, offering financial planning advice such as cash flow projections, generational wealth transfer and charitable intentions for clients.