Tom Council graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B. and an M.M. in Music Education. He began teaching in the Dallas ISD in 1965. He taught high school choir in Dallas and Mesquite, Texas, until 1995. During those thirty years of teaching, he was active in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and American Choral Directors Association. He served as Southwest Chair for the ACDA Jazz and Show Choir Committee. His high school choirs have presented concerts at ACDA (1977) and TMEA (1983) conventions. In 1993, the St. Stephen Choir performed at the Denver ACDA convention with two other Dallas church choirs with Lloyd Pfautsch conducting a concert of his music.

Always an active arranger and composer for school and church, he has published works with Alliance Music, Colla Voce, GIA, Hal Leonard, Concordia, Excelcia, and Carl Fischer. He has written music for The Texas Voices, Turtle Creek Chorale and Booker T. Washington High School. In April 2009, his We Are the Music Makers was premiered as part of the opening programs for the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in the Meyerson Symphony Center. He has been writing choral sight reading music for Texas choral contests since 1990. He taught composition and vocal classes for several years at Booker T. Washington High School for the performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, He retired as the director of music at St. Stephen UMC in Mesquite, Texas (Dallas County) in 2012 where he served for 34 years.

A Seal upon Your HeartVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:56  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Song of Solomon 8  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Weddings  Descriptive Terms: Hope, Love  First Performance: Feb 22, 2014: The Texas Voices, Alan Dyer, Dallas, Texas Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 487/488~2016-Q2)
The Gift to SingVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:31  Notation: Standard  Text Source: James Weldon Johnson, Robert Lowry  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Joy, Singing  First Performance: May 19, 2019 : The Texas Voices, Tom Council, Dallas, Texas Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 487/1521~2021-Q2)
Look to This DayVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 04:12  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Ancient Sanskrit  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: None  Descriptive Terms: The Joy Of Life, Growth, Active, Power, Living Life Well, Of Hope!  First Performance: May 16, 2010 : The Texas Voices, Tom Council, Mesquite Fine Arts Center Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 487/1573~2021-Q3)
When I Have Sung My SongsVoicing: TTBB  Accompaniment: Piano/Violin  Performance Length: 3:48  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Ernest Charles  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Love Song, Romantic  First Performance: February 14, 2020 : Varsity Men’s Choir of North Mesquite High School, Ryan Forkner, San Antonio, Texas Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 487/1631~2022-Q2)