Thomas Torak is a master painter working in the classical tradition. His paintings are known for their breadth and luminosity, rich color and lively brushwork. In the fall of 2008 he was appointed instructor of portraiture and figure painting at the Art Students League of New York City. He carries forward the classical tradition of his teacher, the late Frank Mason. More information about Tom and his work can found at:
David Adam Smith, born 1953, has spent his career in New York City as an organist and composer. His early training as a composer was with the late Giampaolo Bracali at Manhattan School of Music, and in organ with Dr. Paul-Martin Maki. He holds an under-graduate degree in organ, and a Master’s in composition. In 1977 he converted to Catholicism at Copus Christi Church located on 121st street on Manhattan’s West Side. In addition to Mass settings and Motets, he has composed several concert works for organ. Currently, he is the Organist and Schola Director for the Traditional Latin Masses held at Holy Name of Jesus in Brooklyn, NY.
He currently lives on a former dairy farm in Eastern Pennsylvania with his wife and his recently installed pipe organ.
Portrait of the composer by Thomas Torak. (Copyright © ThomasTorak.)