• Phillip Thomas
    Phillip Thomas,
    Professor of Music,
    Chairperson of Musicianship
    Studies

    B.A., Lee College
    M.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
    Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
    Email: pthomas@leeuniversity.edu

    Phillip Thomas is an educator, performer, and university administrator with a variety of scholarly interests. A year after graduating summa cum laude from Lee College (now Lee University), he completed the master’s degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory; his major teachers were George Walker and Julio Esteban. Thomas later completed the Ph.D. degree in Music History from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where he was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship and an assistantship in Music Theory. His dissertation was entitled Music for One or More Alternately Tuned Acoustic Pianos, 1920-1993: Trends in Melody, Harmony, and Technique. While there, he studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto, a noted performer, conductor, and editor.

    Thomas has served as adjudicator for a variety of competitions on the local, regional, and international levels. His students often receive the highest ratings; some have won their respective divisions. Thomas is listed in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers and is a member of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and Historical Keyboard Society of North America.

    In 1996, Thomas established Lee University’s Chamber Orchestra, after serving as founding conductor of a community string orchestra for several years. He studied conducting at the Institute Provençe-Aubagne in France with Yves Cohen, a student of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Thomas led the ensemble in performances of masterworks, light classics, and other genres; a study tour to Germany and Austria; and a two recording projects. In the same period, Thomas began serving as a department chair in the School of Music at Lee, a post he still holds. It boasts a highly-qualified faculty of some 20 members, who teach courses in music theory and history, church music, and music business.

    Previously, Thomas had a long tenure as keyboardist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. He also served as board member for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and Chattanooga Youth Symphony. Thomas was also selected to review several college textbooks, including the second edition of Douglass Seaton’s Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition, published by McGraw-Hill. For many years, he was staff pianist for the Mount Paran North Church of God just outside Atlanta, Ga.

    Most recently, Thomas has studied with harpsichordist Arthur Haas, a performer and recording artist, who teaches in the Early Music Program at The Julliard School. Thomas lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, with his wife Dale, a talented soprano and music educator. They have one daughter, Shannon, a professional violinist and university professor.

Music Events Calendar

10/10
Jr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Jr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/10
Sr. Recital: Melissa Dishner, mezzo-soprano & Anna McBride, soprano
Begins at 8:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Sr. Recital: Melissa Dishner, mezzo-soprano & Anna McBride, soprano
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/11
Student Recital: Audra Daniel, soprano & Danae Pick, soprano
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Student Recital: Audra Daniel, soprano & Danae Pick, soprano
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/11
Wind Ensemble Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Conn Center
Wind Ensemble Concert

Address: 150 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311

Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. David R. Holsinger, professor of music, a renowned composer and national band clinician. The ensemble...

10/21
Graduate Vocal Auditions
Begins at 12:30 PM | Read more

Graduate Vocal Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
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