Dr. Martha Thomas, pianist, has been praised for the “lyrical beauty of her playing” and “her mastery of rhythmic and textural complexities”. 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, Festival of Women Composers, and Music Teachers National Association. Recent performances include those at the World Piano Conference in Serbia, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference at the University of Southern Queensland, the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy.
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 Amazon.com.
A native Texan, Dr. Martha Thomas holds degrees through the doctoral level from the Universities of Texas (BM and DMA) and Wisconsin (MM). Her major piano professors were William Race, Danielle Martin, and Howard Karp. She studied with Lee Luvisi at the Aspen Music Festival and participated in the Birch Creek Chamber Music Festival (Wisconsin). Additionally, she has performed 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 for Academic Programs at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. 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.