Thomas Lerew, who will graduate in May, served as the interim music director for the Arizona Repertory Singers.
Following the untimely death of University of Arizona alumnus Jeffry A. Jahn, who served as head of the Arizona Repertory Singers for 25 years, Thomas E. Lerew stepped in to serve as interim director of the organization.
Now, Lerew is preparing for his graduation from the UA.
During the UA's 152nd Commencement, to be held May 13, Lerew will receive his Doctor of Musical Arts with an emphasis in conducting from the Fred Fox School of Music.
As he graduates, Lerew is also completing the 2015-2016 season as conductor of the 43-member choral ensemble. Lerew plans to complete his degree and relocate away from Tucson later this spring.
"It has been my truest honor and pleasure working with the singers and leadership this year," he said. "ARS continues on a bright course and I wish them all my best for continued future successes."