Tom Council graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BM and MM in Music Education. He began teaching in Dallas ISD in 1965. He taught High School choir in Dallas and Mesquite Texas until 1995. During these thirty years of teaching, he was active in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association and American Choral Directors Association. He served as Southwest Chair for the ACDA Jazz and Show Choir Committee. His high school choirs have presented concerts at National ACDA (1977) and TMEA (1983) conventions. In 1993, the St. Stephen Choir performed at the Denver ACDA convention with two other Dallas church choirs with Lloyd Pfautsch conducting a concert of his music. He has written music for The Texas Voices, Turtle Creek Chorale, Booker T. Washington High School, “Kantorei” of the Concordia Theological Seminary the High School Choirs of the Mesquite ISD. and the Mesquite Children’s Chorus. In April 2009, his “We Are the Music Makers” was premiered as part of the opening programs for the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in the Meyerson Symphony Center. He has been writing choral sight reading music for Texas choral contests since 1990.