Martha Thomas, piano
Pianist, Dr. Martha Thomas has been praised for the "lyrical beauty of her playing" and "her mastery of rhythmic and textural complexities," all while giving "first-rate performances". Dr. Thomas maintains an active career as recitalist and collaborative artist, giving concerts across the United States and in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Africa. Appearances at conferences and festivals include those of the American Liszt Society, College Music Society, International Horn Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, Festival of Women Composers, American Suzuki Institute, Music Teachers National Association, and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. She served as faculty accompanist for the University of Georgia Chamber Choir in its 2011 Iberian tour, performing concerts at Toledo's Sinagoga del Tránsito, the Sevilla Conservatory, and Lisbon's Palacio Foz. Recent performances include those at the World Piano Conference in Serbia, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Toowoomba, and at the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi, Kenya.
Busy as a recording artist, Dr. Martha Thomas is now featured on eight compact disc recordings on the ACA Digital, Centaur, and Albany labels. Her CD of the solo piano music of George Rochberg garnered excellent reviews and a citation in the New York Times. Dr. Thomas's newest recording released in May 2013, Max Reger: The Forgotten Romantic, features music from five of Max Reger's solo piano collections in a two-CD format. These recordings are available on iTunes and also at Amazon.com.
A native Texan, Dr. Martha Thomas holds degrees through the doctorate from the Universities of Texas (BM and DMA) and Wisconsin (MM). Her major piano professors were William Race, Danielle Martin, and Howard Karp, as well as additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival with Lee Luvisi. Dr. Thomas has participated in master classes and coached with many nationally renowned pianists including Jack Radunsky, Marylene Dosse, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Ronald Turini. Dr. Thomas studied piano pedagogy with Verna Harder, Jeanette Ross, and Amanda Vick Lethco and credits them with fostering her love of teaching.
Having begun her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dr. Martha Thomas is Professor of Piano and Associate Director of Academic Programs at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. A member of UGA's Senior Teaching Fellows, Dr. Thomas has also been inducted into UGA's Teaching Academy. Active in professional music organizations, Dr. Thomas has served as President of the Georgia Music Teachers Association, State Piano Chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association, and MTNA Southern Division Director. In 2012, she was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Georgia Music Teachers Association.