Laurel Thomas, D.M.A.


Laurel Thomas, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
  • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., University of Illinois
  • B.A., Occidental College


Soprano Laurel Thomas grew up in northern California, land of giant redwoods and craggy beaches. While an undergraduate in music at Occidental College, she studied voice, piano and cello. Her vocal studies led her to the realization that a passion for music could be linked, throughout life, to a deep love of literature and poetry.

She continued her education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (Master of Music in vocal performance) and, while teaching full in time in San Antonio, earned her D.M.A. from the University of Texas in Austin. She attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and lived in Mauer, near Heidelberg, Germany for five months.

Before arriving at Saint Mary's Collge in 2001, Thomas lived and taught in San Antonio, Texas where she soloed with major choral groups, chamber music organizations, and orchestras of the region. Thomas has performed with the South Bend Chamber Singers, the South Bend Symphony, Fleur de Lys, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and sings frequent recitals on this campus and others. Read a Face to Face article about her.

Areas of Expertises

  • classical vocal music and opera
  • vocal diction
  • has spoken to who the best singers are on American Idol

Media Exposures

  • Thomas interviewed about "We Remember" 9/11 concert -by WNDU-TV - September 9, 2011 - watch it now

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