Thomas, Violet Edna (1916-2006)

Thomas, Violet Edna (1916-2006)

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Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Columbia University Teachers College, Music & Music Ed., 1963 Ed.D.

Columbia University Teachers College, 1952 MA

San Jose State College, Music, 1938 AB,

American Conservatory of Music, 1934 Certificate

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1945-1976

Administrative and Professional Experience

U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), 1943‑1945, Link Trainer Instructor, Corpus Christi, TX

Selected Publications

Piano recitals given frequently.

Organ recitals given, as recently as January 21, 1996.

Served as church organist in San Jose area and in New York City.

Personal Commentary

It was a privilege to study at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago from primary years through high school, and to win the Beethoven Gold Medal in Piano Performance just before our family moved from Chicago to Los Gatos, California.

I have served as accompanist for programs featuring soloists in several fields, i.e., voice, violin and cello. Was organist for Handel's Messiah given in the Morris Dailey Auditorium on campus. I have served as organist in seven churches in the San Jose area and have given organ recitals in five churches.

It has been a rewarding experience to combine teaching and musical performance on piano and organ during my career at San Jose State University.

Date Completed: 6/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Thomas, Violet Edna (1916-2006)