By LCU News
PINEVILLE, La. (LCU News ) – Louisiana Christian University alum Teresa Thomason, Alexandria, has been well-known in the Central Louisiana music community for decades and has earned local, state and national accolades for her amazing and long-standing work in the music teaching field.
On March 27 in Reno, Nevada, she was recognized for her contributions by the Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow. The MTNA Foundation Fellow is given to people who have been important to the organization and who have made outstanding contributions for their years of service.
Thomason received the award March 27 in Reno, Nevada, for her commitment to the organization and for contributions to the music profession.
“When they called me, I was speechless,” she said of the notification by University of Louisiana – Lafayette professor Chan Kiat Lim, also current president of Louisiana Music Teachers Association.
Thomason, a 1991 graduate of Louisiana Christian University (formerly Louisiana College), first began teaching piano lessons as a teenager and soon after served as a pianist at Central Baptist Church, Springhill.
Since graduating from LCU, Thomason has taught piano at Country Day School in Alexandria (1992-present) and the Conservatory of Music at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria (1995-present).
Thomason previously worked for 37 years as a Louisiana Baptist keyboard consultant. During that time, she started the state hymn-playing festival in 1979 and the state piano festival in 1985.
The LBC began the Teresa Thomason Keyboard Scholarship in 2007 to honor the longtime music educator. According to Thomason, $17,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded.
Additionally, Thomason has been involved at every level of music education and has served in numerous volunteer capacities with the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, including State Rally musical event piano chair for 20 years and the executive board for eight years.