Mr. Lionel R. Thomas

Violin, Viola Teacher

Lionel Thomas

SAA Member


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Violinist Lionel Thomas has been performing and teaching for almost two decades. He currently teaches violin and viola at the Music School of Delaware.

Prior to becoming a core faculty member at the Music School of Delaware, Mr. Thomas taught Suzuki violin at the Bermuda School of Music.

Educational background includes two years of doctoral studies at the University of Oregon as a graduate teaching fellow, master’s degree in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and bachelor’s degrees cum laude in violin performance and music education from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

Principal teachers include Kathryn Lucktenberg, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Marc Rovetti, and Fritz Gearhart.

Mr. Thomas has taught at the University of Oregon Community Music Institute, Temple University Music Prep, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and the preparatory department at CCM. During the summer of 2008, Mr. Thomas was a recipient of the American Suzuki Institute’s Shinichi Suzuki Teacher Trainer Scholarship.

In past summers Mr. Thomas attended some of the country’s finest festivals including Aspen, Green Mountain, and Killington. In the summers of 2006 and 2012 the Aspen Music Festival and School awarded him a William Randolph Hearst Memorial Scholarship to study for eight weeks. Mr. Thomas has performed for many important people including the president of South Africa and Elizabeth Dole. Mr. Thomas is a former member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and Symphony in C, one of only three professional training orchestras in the entire country.

Mr. Thomas has a strong passion for teaching and is committed to achieving optimal results in his students. Students who have worked with Mr. Thomas have been recognized by the Royal Conservatory of Music, received scholarships to further their musical studies, and performed at prestigious venues such as Weill Hall in New York City.

Reading, running, and dancing are just a few of Lionel’s spare time activities. He has completed three half marathons and one day hopes to run a full marathon.