Stephen Thomas, pianist, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, China, Europe, and Japan. His performances have been broadcast for Chinese television and for radio stations such as WQXR in New York City. He has recorded solo piano works by Haydn, Brahms, and South American composers, and he has also recorded and performed with principal players of the San Francisco Symphonym in Davies Hall and in concerts throughout the Bay Area. Currently, he performs regularly as pianist for the Idaho Falls Symphony.
Dr. Thomas frequently adjudicates piano competitions and presents master classes and lectures throughout the country and internationally. He has been a featured presenter for the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the state convention of Music Teachers Association of California, among others. Active in professional music teacher organizations, he has served in many leadership capacities including president of Idaho Music Teachers Association and on a national committee for MTNA. His publications include a critically-lauded book chapter on performing Brahms in The Pianists’ Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers published by Scarecrow Press.
Dr. Thomas holds degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University (B.M), Yale University (M.M.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.), having studied with Irene Peery-Fox, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Arthur Greene. He has undertaken additional studies with Anne Øland of the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as Lazar Berman and faculty of the Moscow Conservatory.
Dr. Thomas is currently Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Dean in the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Previous to this appointment, he taught for 15 years at California State University, Stanislaus where he also served as Chair of the Department of Music and as Acting Dean of the College of the Arts.