Tom Maples

Section Cello

Tom Maples is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He earned a B.M. degree at the University of Kansas studying with Ed Laut, and a M.A. degree at the University of Iowa studying with Anthony Arnone. He has also studied with Anthony Elliott in Ann Arbor, MI, Michael Mermagen at the Aspen Music Festival and has played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. A native of Lawrence, KS, Tom grew up in a culturally rich community with an eclectic music scene. He developed an early appreciation for all kinds of music, from classic rock, indie rock, hip-hop and country to bluegrass, blues, jazz and jam bands, just to name a few. Tom has experience playing a variety of styles of music, and has contributed to two indie rock albums and a documentary soundtrack.


Coralville, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa:


Education & Teachers:

BM, University of Kansas, 2008
MA, University of Iowa, 2014

Ed Laut and Anthony Arnone

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

My favorite music is always whatever I’m currently working on, but if I had to choose I would pick Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. It is such a fun piece to play and listen to, and it has some really great cello excerpts in it!

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

One of my earliest and fondest memories of performing with Orchestra Iowa recalls a production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella in collaboration with Ballet Quad Cities. I loved the music that Prokofiev wrote, it really created a sense of magic that seemed to captivate everyone.

How did you start playing your instrument?

When I was 11, I enrolled in my public school music program. At first, I was actually quite set on playing the French horn, but at the last minute I picked up a cello instead and I never looked back!

Who are your musical inspirations?

Believe it or not, everyone inspires me! I always learn something new from watching professionals and amateurs alike, and I’m even able to inspire myself once in while.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

Probably a farmer, carpenter, mechanic or something else using my hands. I really enjoy hard physical work.