» Dr. Louise M. Thomas
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Louise M. Thomas
Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts
Office Location:
Oliphant Hall 111
Phone:
(714) 744-7066
Email:
Education
Trinity College Dublin, Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Arts
University of Southern California, Doctor of Music in Performance
Biography
Pianist Louise Thomas is Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at Chapman University. She received her doctorate in piano performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and Alan Smith.

A native of Ireland, Louise Thomas has concertized extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia at such notable concert venues as the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

After completing undergraduate musicology studies at Trinity College, Dublin where she had developed a passion for music of the 20th century, Louise was offered a German Government scholarship (DAAD) to study piano performance at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany. While a student there, she won second prize at the Ibla-Ragusa competition in Sicily where she was also awarded the Bela Bartók Prize. Subsequently in 1998, she won the concerto competition at the University of Southern California and played under the baton of the late Sergiu Comissiona.

This recording is currently available on K-USC's "Kids and Parents" CD.

A highly active collaborative pianist, Dr. Thomas has made CD recordings in Germany (as part of the chamber music festival, "Schwetzinger Festspielen"), at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada with the Irish Contemporary Music group, Nua Nós, as well as appearing on numerous radio broadcasts for Irish Radio, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, Moscow radio, K-USC and K-MZT in Los Angeles. She has also played live and recorded many times for RTE (Irish National Television) and the nationally distributed Ovation Arts Channel in Los Angeles. Her recordings are available at iTunes.com

Louise Thomas has been invited onto the faculty of several summer programs.

She has been the vocal coach at "La Fabbrica" in Tuscany and since 2003 has been the Festival pianist and vocal coach at the summer program of Idyllwild Arts Academy in California.

In 2007, she performed a program of "California Composers Today" at Carnegie Hall, continuing her commitment to the music of today.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Presentation and Performance at the "Seventeenth- Century Studies" conference with Prof. John Boitano (French) and students from the Music Conservatory. California State University, Long Beach, November 9, 2013
Guest Artist Masterclass with bass-baritone, Nicholas Isherwood at California State University, Los Angeles. Performed with graduate students for California Institute for the Arts. September 3.
Performance Guest Artist Masterclass with Nicholas Isherwood at Chapman University. Performed together with Chapman vocal performance majors. September 6.
Faculty Honors Convocation. Grant awarded for European Concerts in Spring 2014. May 10
Judge at the Music Teachers of North America (MTNA) Regional Bach Festival. May 11.
Concert with soprano Emily Dyer, Winner of the Redlands Bowl Annual Young Artists Competition. Redlands Bowl, July 2.
Annual Spotlight Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, recorded for television, May 3 and 4
Music Around Noon Recital with faculty artist, Jonathan Mack (tenor) October 24, 2013
Recital of Benjamin Britten's "Winter Words" song cycle with Music and Theatre students. Collaboration between Music, Theatre and English programs. November 10, 2013
Soloist in a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto #1 with The Chapman Orchestra, November 15, 2013.
Recital for USC's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship with violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. December 11, 2013.
Recitals as part of the Pro Musica Series in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. With violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. February 1 and 2.
James L.Doti President’s Piano Series. Duo Piano Recital with faculty colleague, Grace Fong. February 7.
Memorial for Leon Leyson, the last of the children on Schindler’s List. Chapman University. February 17.
Strings Showcase Recital to celebrate Temianka gifts to the Conservatory of Music. February 28.
Winners Scholarship concert for Sigma Alpha Iota Orange County Chapter. Regents Point, Irvine, April 10.
Faculty Lecture Recital with tenor, Jonathan Mack featuring the music of Benjamin Britten. April 12.
Performed at the home of Henry and Susan Samueli to honor Chapman Presidential Scholar, Elie Wiesel, during his Spring residency at Chapman University. April 14
Performance with LA Master Choral Music Director and LA Opera Associate Conductor, Grant Gershon, at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 24th Anniversary High School Festival. This is the ninth time I have been invited as the festival pianist to this program which features Los Angeles High School students, April and May.
Competition. Redlands Bowl Annual Young Artists Auditions. Performed for winning students. April 28
Accompanied young pianists for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition finals at Walt Disney Concert Hall. April 7
Judge for Spotlight Awards Piano Semi-Finals. At Chapman University and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. January 6, 12, 18 and 19.
Performance "Nothing is Real" - psychedelia for electronics and piano including works by Shaun Naidoo, Mike McFerron at Pierre's in Westwood. February 11.
Accompanied students for the annual Opera 100 Competition in Laguna Woods. March 10
Junior Instrumental Recital, Chapman University, March 11.
Performed for Master Class given by guest artists from the Firebird Ensemble. March 12
Senior Instrumental Recital, Chapman University, March 17.
Faculty Recital together with vocalists Susan Montgomery, Jon Mack and pianist, Tony Cho. February 26.
Performed for the installation of Dean of the Chapel, Gail Stearns. March 26.
Recital with Ariana Ghez, Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the LA Phil Affiliates in Pacific Palisades. March 24.
Rehearsals with the National Children's Chorus and USC's opera conductor, Brent McMunn. April 1 and 2.
Performance with LA Opera Associate Conductor, Grant Gershon at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 23nd Anniversary High School Festival. This is the eighth time I have been invited as the festival pianist to this program which features Los Angeles High School students, April and May.
Annual Spotlight Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, recorded for television, April 27 and 28
Recital with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn at Morningside Retirement Community, Fullerton. May 3.
Recital at the Hugh Lane Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland with violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. May 19.
Recital at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. May 20.
Recital at St.Mark's Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, Scotland with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. May 21.
Recital at the Arts Club, London, England with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. May 23.
Recital at the Marcella Sembrich Museum, Lake George, NY with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. June 22.
Recital at the Lake George Yacht Club, Lake George, NY with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. June 24.
Recital at the Indian Lake Theater, NY with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. July 12.
Recital at the home of Adirondack Trust Company President and CEO, Charles V. Wait. Saratoga Springs. July 14.
Chair of the Piano Program and Faculty member at the Luzerne Music Festival near Saratoga Springs, NY, June 24-July 21. Taught daily solo and collaborative piano lessons to Middle School and High School students, who are accepted to the summer program by audition. Performed on the Monday Night Chamber Music Series, July 9. Received invitation to return in 2013 in the same capacity. Summer 2012
Performance to open for R&B star, John Legend at "Jazz on the Pond" which raises scholarship money for the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, NY. With violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. July 22.
Recital Tour. Eastern Pennsylvania. With violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. 5 Recitals and School visits. September 5-14.
Randall Chamber Music Series, Vermont. With violinist. Arturo Delmoni, Concert-master of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, October 27.
Recital at Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn celebrating Opus One Winery and the journey of the Red Violin. December 7.
Coached alumnus Benjamin Bliss for vocal auditions at Los Angeles Opera resulting in successful entrance to the highly-competitive Young Artists Program at LA Opera, June 2011
Final Auditions for the Associate Principal Celllo Position, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Performed with all finalists. October 3.
Rehearsal for Viola Position auditions, Los Angeles Philharmonic. October 13.
Created CD recordings to accompany Chapman senior instrumental performance majors for entrance into graduate school auditions or summer programs, November 2011. All students were successful in attaining auditions and scholarship offers to attend major national graduate schools.
CDs: continuing the process of editing CDs from sabbatical leave 2010.
Memorial Service at UC Irvine to celebrate the life of Pat Beckman, a long-time supporter of Chapman University. Performance with faculty colleague, Christina Alexopoulos. November 20.
Judge for the annual Spotlight Awards in Los Angeles. December 2011/January 2012.
Rehearsal with LA Philharmonic guest conductor,: Los Angeles Philharmonic strings competition winners, June 7
Faculty member, Luzerne Music Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 26-July 22. Taught daily solo and collaborative piano lessons to Middle School and High School students, who are accepted to the summer program by audition. Received invitation to return in 2012 as head of the piano department
Piano Trio Recital with concert-master NYC Ballet orchestra Arturo Delmoni and Principal cellist, Frederick Zlotkin, July 11
Merkin Hall, New York City Recital with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn to launch the "Little Red Violin Foundation" to benefit deserving music students
Recital with violinist, Jack Liebeck at Chapman University as part of the "Einstein's Universe" interdisciplinary series, Chapman University, March 3
Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 22nd Anniversary High School Festival, March and April. This is the seventh time I have been invited as the festival pianist to this program which features Los Angeles High School students, March and April
Soirees in private homes in Los Angeles including at the home of Geoff Wharton of the LA Dodger’s with members of LA Opera and Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts, March 19, 22 and 25
Accompanied candidates for the LA Philharmonic competition for string performers, March 19
Chapman senior recital -Clarinet February 20
Chapman Senior Recital – Viola March 5
Chapman Senior Recital –cello March 13
Chapman Junior Recital – flute March 16
Chapman Senior Recital- oboe May 15
Instrumental competition, Los Angeles Valley College, April 2
Spotlight Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Los Angeles, recorded for television, April 30
Recital for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, Palos Verdes with Principal Oboe LA Phil, Ariana Ghez, May 1.
Recital with violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn onboard the Queen Mary 2 sailing from Brooklyn, NY to Southampton, England, May 17-24.
Performance with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn for the Bel Air Investment Group at the former estate of Peggy Lee in Beverly Hills. December 15.
Recital at the home of Emmy Award-winning actress, Cela Ward with violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. October 22.
Performance featuring CoPA's music students for "Discover Chapman Day". October 29.
Performance with Chapman Chamber Orchestra as part of its Fall Concert Series in the Fish Interfaith Chapel.November 18
Rehearsal with Los Angeles Opera Young Artist soprano, Janai Brugger-Orman. November 2011.
Performance with Chapman Chamber Orchestra as part of its Fall Concert Series in the Nixon Library, Yorba Linda. November 19.
Piano trio Recital with concert-master NYC Ballet Orchestra, Arturo Delmoni and Principal cellist, Frederick Zlotkin at Chapman University. September 8.
Recital with violinist, Arturo Delmoni at a private home in Holmby Hills to support California State Senator, Curren T. Price. September 10.
Performance with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn in Beverly Hills. The performance was primarily to benefit UCLA's Medical School and was held at what was once the estate of Elvis Presley, now the residence of Redken co-founder, Paula Kent Meehan. The event was co-hosted by Candy Spelling and attended by tennis stars, Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. September 18.
CD recording created with tenor, John Nuzzo, April 12
Organized students together with my colleague, Dr. Peter Atherton, and performed for private lessons and masterclasses given by Chapman Artist-in-Residence, Milena Kitic, during the Fall 2009.
Private Vocal Coaching: High School voice students who were admitted to the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute
Masterclass with world-renowned baritone, Bo Skovhus of Los Angeles Opera, October 13
Spotlight Awards Auditions, piano area.
Recital with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn in support of USC academic programs, December 5.
Soirees with violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn in private homes, Los Angeles,February and March
Chapman Recital: French music 20th century, woodwind repertoire
Chapman Modern Music Concert –service, November 16
Rehearsed with the National Children’s Choir for their New York Debut, January and February
Rio Honda Symphony Vocal Competition, February 6
Recital of four-hand and solo works with pianist Daniel Wachs at the Covington Community, Aliso Viejo, October 9
Bassoon and Piano Recital at the University of Southern California, February 20
Two Recitals with Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ariana Ghez, as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates Concert Series, February and March
Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 21st Anniversary High School Festival, March and April. This is the sixth time I have been invited as the festival pianist to this program which featured 900 High School students. The concert program this year was prepared by the Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director, Grant Gershon and conducted by renowned pedagogue, María Guinand, April 16
Pianist for the televised finals of the prestigious Spotlight Awards Competition, held at the Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles, April 24
Recitals with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn (of “The Red Violin” fame), including performances for “BritWeek”, which celebrates British contributions to California in the areas of business and culture, as well as for the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts and for the Academy of Couture Art at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. April, May and June
Clarinet and Piano Recital at the University of California, Irvine, May 23
Alumnus Vocal Recital with John Nuzzo, tenor, February 13
Recital with Elizabeth Pitcairn in the Jascha Heifetz Studio at the Colburn School, Los Angeles. Recorded live for Wfmt Radio, Chicago, October
Spotlight Award Auditions, preliminary round, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, November and December
Guest-taught a class in Piano/Vocal collaboration at the Orange County High School for the Arts, May 2009.
Created a CD recording of the song-cycle, “Images” composed by Chapman colleague, Jeffrey Holmes, with soprano Julieanne Klein, April 2009.
Created a CD recording for Chapman student, Efrain Martinez, as part of a competition application. Mr. Martinez was ultimately a major prize-winner at this competition.
Created CD recordings to accompany Chapman senior vocal and instrumental performance majors for entrance into graduate school auditions or summer programs, November. All students were successful in attaining auditions and scholarship offers to attend major national graduate schools.
Formed a chamber music trio with violinist Songa Lee and clarinetist, Stuart Clark, April 2009.
Adjudicated Spotlight Award Auditions, piano section, November and December
Professional CD: Score preparation and score supervision for sessions on a new CD produced by Broadway artist, Kevin Koelbl, due for release in October 2009.
Alumnus Vocal Recital with Robert MacNeil, tenor, September 18
Faculty Recital with violinst Songa Lee and clarinetist, Stuart Clark, September 25
Faculty Recital with Chapman colleague, Jonathan Mack, tenor, September 27
Modern Music Concert, November 19
Faculty Recital with Chapman colleague, Cheryl Lin Fielding, piano, November
Performed at several memorial events celebrating the lives of Chapman donors, 2009.
Principal Bassoon Auditions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, November 16, 19, 2009
Junior Instrumental Recital, Chapman University, November 15
Senior Vocal Recital, Chapman University, December 6
Senior Instrumental Recital, Chapman University, December 11
Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 20th Anniversary High School Festival, March and April 2009. This is the fifth time I have been invited as the festival pianist to this program.
Performance at the Idyllwild Arts summer program, August 2009. I was a festival pianist for the instrumental program this year, my seventh season at Idyllwild, and performed at several faculty and student recitals during the program itself.
Rehearsed with the Chamber Choir from Occidental College at their retreat in Hermosa Beach, California.
Junior Vocal Recital, March 8 2009 at 2:00pm
Junior Vocal Recital, March 8 2009 at 8:00pm
Senior Vocal Recital March 28, 2009
Senior Vocal Recital March 29, 2009
Studio Recital March 31, 2009
Studio Recital April 28, 2009
Senior Piano Recital May 2, 2009 at 5:00pm
Senior Voice Recital May 2, 2009 at 8:00pm
Recital for the Piano Technicians’ Guild – Los Angeles Chapter, December 8
Performed with the Chapman Chamber Orchestra, February 2009.
Performed at the Opera 100 Voice competition in Laguna Woods where Chapman voice performance students were honored, March 2009.
Performed at the Modern Music Concert with guest soprano, Julieanne Klein, at Chapman, April 2009.
Performed with colleague Daniel Wachs for the Alumni Association at Chapman, April 2009.
Performed for Chapman Baccalaureate Services at Fish Interfaith Chapel, May 2009.
Performed at the Modern Music Concert with guest soprano, Julieanne Klein, at Chapman, April 2009.
Performed with colleague Daniel Wachs for the Alumni Association at Chapman, April 2009.
Organized students with my colleague, Dr. Peter Atherton, for private lessons and several masterclasses given by Chapman Artist-in-Residence, Milena Kitic, during the entire academic year, 2008-09.
Non-professional CD recordings Created CD recordings to accompany Chapman senior voice performance majors for graduate school auditions in November, 2008. All students were successful in attaining auditions and scholarship offers to attend major graduate schools nationally.
Masterclasses Performed at a masterclass given by guest artist, Mr.Vladimir Chernov, with Chapman students at Chapman University, December 2008.
Voice/Conductor Rehearsals Performed at USC with Arizona Opera mezzo-soprano, Ms. Olga Perez, at the University of Southern California, October 2008.
Chapman Recitals (Student performances) Senior Instrumental Recital September 2008
Together with piano faculty colleague, Dr. Beverly Min, performed at a large-scale Piano Scholarship Event at Chapman, October 2008.