Performing “Concertino for Bassoon, Piano and Three Strings” by Jonathan Bartz
Dr. Eliza Thomason, Director of Strings and Assistant-Professor at Texas Lutheran University, holds the Anita Windecker Endowed Chair. She has recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM she served as a teaching assistant to Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll, as well as holding several other teaching appointments, including Violin and Viola Faculty at the Cincinnati Music Academy and The Center for the Arts.
A sought after performer, Dr. Thomason is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral violist. She has recently performed solo recitals on several recital series in Cincinnati and on the Aspen Music Festival Spotlight Recitals. Dr. Thomason performs regularly with the Mid-Texas Symphony and has won positions with the Spokane Symphony, New Haven Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Her performances as principle violist with the Aspen Concert Orchestra including orchestral solos have been featured on The Classical Station of New York City and NPR’s show, Performance Today.
An advocate of new music, she has premiered several works for solo viola, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. Dr. Thomason earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at Vanderbilt University and Indiana University, respectively. Principle teachers and mentors have included Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, Erika Eckert, Atar Arad, Kathryn Plummer, and Mimi Zweig.