Mr. Lionel R. Thomas

Violin Teacher

Lionel Thomas

SAA Member


82 Mercer Dr
Newark DE 19713-1560

Violinist Lionel Thomas has been performing and teaching for almost two decades. He most recently taught as full time Suzuki Violin faculty at Bermuda School of Music.

Before completing two years of doctoral studies at the University of Oregon, Mr. Thomas received his master’s degree in violin performance under the instruction of esteemed professor Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Before entering the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a scholarship student, Mr. Thomas earned bachelor’s degrees cum laude in violin performance and music education from the University of Oregon School of Music where he studied with violinists Kathryn Lucktenberg and Fritz Gearhart.

In addition to musical studies during the academic year Mr. Thomas has kept busy during the summers, attending 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 and the Oregon Mozart Players. He has also performed with Symphony in C, one of only three professional training orchestras in the entire country.

Mr. Thomas also has a strong passion for teaching. He is a registered violin instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught at the University of Oregon Community Music Institute 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 addition to private music tutoring, Mr. Thomas has taught in Philadelphia at the Settlement Music and Temple University Music Preparatory.

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