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Lisa Thomas



Biography

Lisa Thomas graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of North Texas, May 14, 2010.  Her research and lecture recitals on American Classical Native Piano Repertoire and Indianist Piano Repertoire are awakening a new enthusiasm and interest in this music, which she has performed internationally in Varna, Bulgaria and Amalfi, Italy  and in America for numerous organizations including several music teacher associations, culminating in the Texas Music Teachers’ State Convention in Arlington, Texas (June 2010) and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. (July 2010).  She has been especially devoted to this area of piano repertoire since her premiered new music of this category at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (1995). Her teachers include Adam Wodnicki, Alfred Mouledous, Virginia Queen, Joseph Banowetz, Adele Marcus, Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado, and the University of Louisville, Kentucky preparatory music department.  Lisa has recently received a recording contract from the classical label, Toccata Classics in London to record a solo CD album and a chamber music CD album of works by the American Indianist composer, Arthur Farwell.  The CD’s are scheduled to be released in 2012, the 50th anniversary of the death of Arthur Farwell.    Dr. Thomas has an article just published in the National Museum of the American Indian magazine, summer 2010 issue, “Composers and Indians: The Search for a National Style Preserved Native Tradition.”
Lisa Thomas