Katherine Thomas

University Accompanist
Long 201G
2580 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
kthomas5@elon.edu (336) 278-5538

Brief Biography

Katherine Thomas is a pianist, vocalist, and teacher, who currently resides in Burlington, NC. Katherine works at her undergraduate alma mater, Elon University, as an adjunct accompanist in the music department. There she earned a B.A. in Piano Performance under the instruction of Dr. Victoria Fischer Faw. After Elon, Katherine did her graduate studies at Florida State University, where she received an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying. She was able to work and study under many noted faculty members at Florida State, including Dr. Carolyn Bridger, Dr. Timothy Hoekman, Valerie Trujillo, Stanford Olsen, David Okerlund, and Dr. Andre Thomas. Throughout her graduate years, she had the opportunity to perform in master classes for such guest artists as Graham Johnson, Bo Skovhus, Barbara Bonney, and Warren Jones.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Accompanying/Chamber Music at UNCG.

Katherine's interest and love of culture and language has brought about several visits to Europe, two of which have yielded concert performances. Her participation in the summer festival AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria allowed for multiple public performances with talented singers. Then, in the spring of 2011, she and soprano Carrie Cooley performed a tribute concert on the Greek island of Paros, dedicated to the Aegean Center for the Arts.

Katherine is also an encouraging teacher of music, focusing on students' individual strengths and needs. She received a solid foundation of teaching fundamentals through Elon's Piano Pedagogy Program, instructed by Dr. Victoria Fischer Faw. At both Elon and Florida State, Katherine has come in contact with many excellent voice pedagogues, who have passed knowledge of vocal teaching on to her from both a singer and a pianist's standpoint. She used these valuable lessons in teaching her own private piano and voice students at Mason's School of Music in Tallahassee.

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