Thomas Allen graduated from the Jacobs School of Music in Piano Performance with an Outside Field in Russian Music. He completed a Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. Thomas studied orchestral conducting under Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas has played in a variety of venues, including performances at the Yale University MacMillan Center European Studies Council Reception; the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Reception; with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; and solo recitals in Indiana University Recital Hall, University of New Mexico Keller Hall, Salem College Shirley Recital Hall, Guilford College Dana Auditorium, and other concert halls. He played for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Wellness Symposium presentation in New York City. Thomas performs many genres of music, including all periods of classical music, musical theater, pop, jazz, and liturgical. He also performed in the Harvard-Yale 2016 Football Pep Rally for the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Thomas teaches at the Thomas Allen Piano Studio and the Neighborhood Music School. Previously, he taught at both the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Academy of Connecticut. Thomas has served as a judge for the Hartford Music Teacher Alliance Festival and is a strong advocate and teacher of injury-preventive keyboard technique (certified by NASM-accredited Salem College). Since 2008, he has taught piano to all ages and levels in North Carolina, New Mexico, Indiana, and Connecticut.
Thomas studied with world-renowned pianists such as Barbara Lister-Sink, Shigeo Neriki, Falko Steinbach, Evelyne Brancart, and Luba Dubinsky, and is highly trained in piano performance, music theory, conducting, choir, aural skills, and accompaniment (ballet, choral, instrumental, and vocal). He has won competitions and received prestigious scholarships: Eastern Music Festival Scholarship; Brevard Summer Music Festival Scholarship; University of Florida Young Artists Festival Scholarship; Jacobs School of Music Kenda Webb Friends of Music Scholarship; Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Winner; PMTNM Statewide Competition Winner.
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