Song of the heart Image Courtesy J. Kirk Richards

NEWS

Charity Never Failing," by Toni Thomas and Annette Dickman, was given an Award of Merit at the 2015 LDS Music Submission Awards in the Relief Society category.

"Now Is the Hour for Faith not Fear," by Toni Thomas, was a finalist in the 2015 LDS Church Music Submission Awards in the hymn category.

"Come All Unto the Temple," winner of an Award of Distinction in the 2009 hymn text awards, is now available on the Church Music website HERE.

CALENDAR

OCT 28 2013

LDS Relief Society Music Awards Concert

FEB 17 2014

LDS Music Festival Concert
7:30 pm
Assembly Hall, Temple Square

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Toni Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Brigham Young University, and has pursued graduate studies in Mathematics at Cal State University San Marcos. She turned to writing after the onset of children and Rheumatoid Arthritis limited the other activities she had been fond of pursuing.

Toni's writing and editing credits include, From Grandma With Love: A Legacy of Values, Jimi Hendrix: Voices from Home (editor), and various magazine and newspaper articles.

Most recently Toni has been honored with an Award of Distinction for the hymn text, "The Sabbath Dawns a Holier Light," and an Award of Merit for the Relief Society song, "They Will Not Doubt Their Mothers Knew." She has won awards each year from 2007 to 2013 in the LDS Church Music Submission Awards.

Toni has had the honor of collaborating with several very talented composers. More information about them and their other works can be found on their websites, listed below. Toni is married to Norman and they have three children and four grandchilden; they reside in the lovely community of Poway in southern California.

Diane Tuiofu photo

Diane received her musical training from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she studied music composition under Dr. Victor Labenske and Dr. Jae Eun Jung. She has won numerous awards with Toni as well as for her solo compositions, including her arrangement of "Silent Night" which was a finalist in the 2011 LDS Church Submissions Awards, "Give Back the Love," the soundtrack for the San Diego Children's Hospital Telethon video, and "Because of Faith," which received Honorable Mention in the 1992 LDS Church Writing and Music Competition. Diane lives in Ramona, California where she teaches piano and composing. Toni especially enjoys collaborating with Diane and the special relationship they have that carries into their works.

Brett Stewart is a prolific composer as well as the director of the Mormon Choral Organizations of America, with choral organizations in Orange County and in Arizona. Brett recently completed a tour with the choirs to perform his oratorio, Messiah in America at the Tabernacle on Temple Square and at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, and will soon release a cd of the oratorio.Toni and Brett have collaborated on several hymns and children's songs.

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Justin Gray is the musical director at the Welk Theater. He also creates, arranges, and records music in his studio. Justin is the director of the San Diego Mormon Choir and Orchestra. Toni and Justin created the musical play Company B,"Escondido," the official song of the city of Escondido, and several other projects.

Norm Boaz Photo

Norm Boaz is a well-known voice and speaking coach in the San Diego area, and is a past adjunct conductor for the San Diego Master Chorale. Toni has cowritten a series of Christmas songs with Norm Boaz, as well as "I Have Found the Temple" and other Gospel-related songs. Norm Boaz is currently working on an album of original songs, My Life is But a Weaving. Several of the songs Norm and Toni have collaborated on will appear on the new album.

Margo Edgeworth photo

Margo recently relocated from San Diego to Mesa, Arizona where she grew up. Margo began composing at the age of 14, and has won many awards for her songs. Toni and Margo collaborated for the first time on their award-winning song, "They Will Not Doubt Their Mothers Knew."