studied with Victor Aitay and Josef Gingold.
He enlisted in
the Army and directed their chamber music program as well as performing
soloist duties for the West Point Band.
January 1966, he was one of the members of the U.S. Military Academy Band
who appeared in recital at the Academy library, where he performed “Sonata
in D minor, Op. 108, No. 3” with pianist, Howard Preminger.
with whom he has worked include Chamber Music, the Contemporary Quartet, the
Florida Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
Quartet, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
May 1976, the Contemporary Quartet and Sine Nomine Singers gave the world
premiere of “Teisho” by Vivian Fine
at Bennington College in Vermont.
offered up Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 102 in B flat
major”, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Concerto in E minor for
Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64” with soloist Pinchas
Zukerman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s overture from Don Giovanni and Marc Niekrug’s “Chetro
Ketl” in Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan on 1st April
May 1997, Bobby McFerrin conducted the SPCO in an all-Baroque program that
comprised the allegro from “Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041”,
“Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043” and “Suite
No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Concerto
for Two Horns in E flat” by Josef Fiala and
“Concerto for Two Oboes in C, Op. 9, No. 9” by Tomaso Albinoni.
Chamber Ensemble entertained at the Carmel Woman’s Club on 12th
June 2007, when they interpreted Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio in C
minor”, Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E flat” and
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “String
Sextet” (“Souvenir de Florence”).
which Thomas appears include: Album by Angel Grant; Copland: Appalachian Spring/Music for the
Theatre/Latin American Sketches/Quiet City, Kodaly: Galanta Dances/Marosszek
Divertimento/Romanian Folk-Dances and Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Complete Ballet)/Concerto in E flat “Dumbarton
Oaks” with the SPCO; Follow
the Leader by Korn; Martin Boykan: Flume with the Contemporary
Quartet; Mr. Fathead by David
Newman; Open My Heart by Yolanda
Adams; Rainbow by Mariah Carey; Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson; Streetwise by Richard Kastle; and, Time
and Chance by Color Me Badd.
In the field
of music education, he has given master classes and served as a coach for