Thomas Gunther’s Official Website

Welcome to my world of music!

Thomas Gunther – Music Creator 

  • I compose,
  • arrange & orchestrate,
  • record & perform,
  • and produce
  • jazz and popular music styles and genres for a variety of  instrumentations, using state-of-the-art computer technology.

Some of the larger Ensembles and Orchestras I have written music for are the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Bari Symphony (Italy), and Chicago Jazz International. 

Thomas Gunther – Pianist/Keyboarder 

I have performed with many music groups of different sizes and instrumentation including big bands and symphonic orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe. I have also recorded many albums as a sideman, leader, and/or producer in a variety of different contemporary music genres including jazz, rock, and pop music.

Music Services

Can we be creative under time pressure?

My company MusicOnTime provides a variety of music services such as
music notation & music printing,
arranging & orchestrating music,
assisting with song writing and composing,
recording and producing music.
For help with your own music, original music, and custom-made arrangements check out my company Music On Time Services or contact me here.

Thomas Gunther - the Educator

Thomas Teaching at Columbia College Chicago, some years ago. Still there!

I am an instructor for

  • jazz and popular music theory,
  • piano & keyboards,
  • arranging & orchestrating music for a variety of different instrumentations and genre,
  • music technology & music production.

I am the founder and owner of several music educational websites such as,,

Music Creator

I love producing music! I Really Do!

Producing music "in the studio" is a very different process from performing live of course (which I love doing very much as well).
To me, performers are more like athletes,  while producers are like sculptors and painters.
Producing music "in the studio" allows me to put a lot of thought into everything step, from the original song idea to the final mastering. I can experiment to my heart's content, and as a consequence, the music sounds a lot different from my original idea at the end!

Why doing it all by myself?

When I produce my original music I pretty much function as the song writer/composer, arranger/orchestrator, music copyist, production manager, recording artist, recording engeneer, and contribution manager.

DOn't get the wrong idea. I really like collaborating with people, but unfortunately it is not easy to find people that work with the same passion and dedication on other people's music, at least not for an affordable price.

So I learned to do it all. Fortunately,  in the mean time I feel very comfortable to take on pretty much every link in the music production chain, and I really enjoy doing it too! It actually has a lot of advantages. Let me elaborate:

If you think about it, writing, arranging, orchestrating, and engineering are all tasks that are interdependent. Let me explain by giving you two examples:
a) When you arrange a song you may change the song's form, add new sections, change the harmony, etc., which may ultimately change the original composition in a significant way.
b) As the recording engeneer/producer I may find that certain parts of the orchestration don't work well in the mix and mute them out, or add electronic sounds to enhance the character of the song which in turn changes the orchestration.
Doing it all yourself enables you to make changes to every single part of the production chain whenever you please to do so, without having to depend on others. This streamlines the process significantly. This said, I often seek feedback during the different production stages from amateurs and professionals, just to get some guidence, when I am not sure which road I want to take.

How did I learn to do it all

I learned how to take on those different roles by working with and for amazing writers/composers, arrangers/orchestrators, and engeneer/producers. They taught me so much.
In addition I constantly research new production techniques and improve my musical skills.

And there is no better teacher than experience. If you do something long enough you are bound to get better at it!