accomplished vocalist are the attributes that best illustrate Thomas Vanhook's
contributions to the musical field.
Lovingly and respectfully known as the "Choir Corrector" by many, Thomas is the former director of the Greater Joy Ensemble, winners of the 1987 Waljo Award for Best Gospel Group.
also was honored at the Annual Bethune Recognition Brunch, sponsored by the Durham Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, the youngest of two children born to Dorothy Novella Alston-Vanhook and the late Thomas Vanhook, Sr., Thomas received formal music training under the tutelage of the late Mrs. Margaret Shearin at the Chamberlin Studio in Durham, North Carolina.
November 9, 2002, Thomas
Faith Professional Debut Concert at the Durham Hayti Heritage Center
, launching his
music ministry career.
has received invitations to minister in song and word throughout the community, including Elon, North Carolina at Elon Community Church
From that experience at Elon Church
was invited to share his
gifts at Gibsonville Middle School
during the celebration of the School's African-American History Program.
was also invited and featured as guest artist at The Resurrection Community Church
, Houston, Texas for their annual Black History Celebration Service.
Most recently Thomas and UOP opened a concert for national recording artist Darwin Hobbs.
Unity of Purpose, a vision of Thomas'
and founder, were featured in the First Annual New Gospel Artist Contemporary Gospel Showcase, sponsored by the Saint Joseph's Historic Foundation
Thomas, along with The Greater Joy Ensemble of Durham has also shared the stage with recording artist Minister John P. Kea.