Meet Hildegard’s creator:
Wharton grew up in Fairmont and Wheeling. He studied music at WVU – he got both his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in piano. When he moved to New York, he followed his other passion: visual art. He works
as a designer and paints, while still maintaining his love of music.
When he decided to write a
children’s book, he drew on his experience playing piano to accompany opera
singers. In Hildegard Sings, he
depicts Hildegard experiencing her big break and overcoming the loss of her
voice. She also enjoys plenty of music and food along the way. In the new app
version of her tale, the readers can interact with the characters in the book.
Listen to our interview to
learn more about his experiences with music and art, and what it took to create
Hildegard’s interactive, musical story:
Interview with Thomas Wharton