Richard Thomas DMA
Professor of Music
Department of MusicEmail Dr. Thomas
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of South Carolina
Master of Music, University of North Texas
Bachelor of Music, DePauw University
Research Fields/ Areas of Specialty/Teaching
- Cello Performance (emphasis on orchestral playing)
- Music History
- Doctoral Dissertation: The Life and Music of Spanish Cellist Gaspar Cassadó
- American String Teachers Association
- College Music Society
- South Carolina Music Educators Association
- Orquesta Sinfónica De Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, South America
- Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De La Republica Dominica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
About Dr. Thomas
Dr. Richard Thomas is an Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College, where he teaches cello, bass, chamber music, and directs the Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra. He also teaches cello at the Laurens County Academy of Music at Presbyterian College. He has lectured, taught, and performed in China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Japan, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and throughout the United States.
Thomas is a former faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Universidad del Cauca and Universidad del Valle (Colombia, South America), the Conservatorio Nacional (Santo Domingo, DR), and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. From 1999-2008 he was String Department Head at Camp Encore-Coda in Maine.
Thomas held positions the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia), and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). He was Principal Cello of the Wilmington Symphony and Tallis Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Irving Symphony and Garland Symphony in Texas, and the Encore-Coda Chamber Orchestra in Maine. Thomas was Assistant Principal of the South Carolina Philharmonic, the East Texas Symphony, and played in the Dallas Lyric Opera Orchestra.
His cello teachers include Cassel Grubb, Alan Harris, Robert Jesselson, Hirofumi Kano, Robert Newkirk, and Adolfo Odnoposoff.